Eric Pickles: Lib Dems should consider voting Tory
The Chairman of the Conservative party has made a keynote speech on why Liberal Democrat voters should consider supporting the Conservatives at the next election, especially in seats like Copeland where the best chance of removing a Labour MP supporting Gordon Brown's illiberal government is to elect a Conservative MP.
Eric highlighted the "growing consensus" uniting Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters about the kind of change our country needs and outlined the "clear choice" between voting again for the Liberal Democrats, with a leader who has admitted he is chasing Labour votes, or putting trust in David Cameron to deliver on the things the whole country wants to see.
As Eric pointed out, fifty Liberal Democrat councillors, nine former parliamentary candidates and one MEP have already made the move since David Cameron became leader: here in Copeland a former Liberal Democrat council candidate is now a valuable member of my campaign team. Eric pointed to the shared values and common goals of Liberal Democrat voters and the Conservative Party and pointed to some of the areas where Conservatives have worked for the ideals of Liberal Democracy:
Our opposition to 42 days detention
A pledge to scrap ID cards
Supporting the right of Gurkhas to settle in Britain
A firm commitment to tackling climate change
Eric called on Liberal Democrat voters to consider joining the thousands of others across the country who have chosen to help the Conservatives.
Anyone who considers themselves to be politically liberal, (whether with an upper case or lower case 'L'), should look at the record of the present government and ask themselves one important question:
Which party has the best chance of forming a government which will deliver on those liberal ideas that are important to you?