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General Goose
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19/03/2019 10:41 pm  

Mainstreeting event #1

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he discussed Liberal Democrat economic policy, including with shop owners and small and medium business entrepreneurs. Points discussed include:

  • The Liberal Democrats are the only major party to have a comprehensive industrial strategy as part of our manifesto - neither of the other two parties mention industrial strategy or discuss how they would handle key parts of our economy such as the creative sector, the digital economy, or farms and fishing. In contrast, our industrial strategy is a comprehensive vision for how to boost productivity, make British business at the forefront of global innovation, and include all regions of the country in the success of British economy and all employees of a company, not just the shareholders, to benefit from massive profits.
  • We have a comprehensive plan to boost small and medium enterprises, the backbone of our economy. We’ll set up a British Business Bank, to increase the credit and advisory options they can call upon. We’ll help small business owners handle living costs as they deal with starting up and scaling up, allowing them to take risks without worrying about feeding their family. We’ll simplify the regulatory process for small and medium businesses, making it far easier for them to interact with regulators and putting the burden of mistakes made by regulators, in terms of giving advice, onto the regulators. We’ll replace business rates with a land value tax that does not punish investment and expansion. And we’ll increase the resources businesses can use to scale up in size.
  • The Liberal Democrats are firm believers in green growth - and one of our first actions in office will be to reverse Dylan Macmillan’s disastrous decision to abolish the Department of Business, Energy and Climate Change, ensuring that businesses, fuel bill payers, and all those affected by pollution and climate change get back their independent voice in government. We have set out a comprehensive plan to link economic growth and environmental needs together - including by growing our green export market, shifting the tax burden from investment and income to pollution, providing dramatic investments in research and technology, and helping bring down resource costs and energy bills for every business by promoting efficiency. In government, we created the world's first Green Investment Bank and invested in renewable energy. 

 

Mainstreeting event #2

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he discussed the need for political reform:

  • So much of the current alienation and feelings of being left behind in this country come from how our political system ignores so many voters. For most voters, their vote is essentially wasted by the political system. If you live in a safe seat, politicians will almost never make the effort to reach out to you and give you an opportunity to discuss your concerns. Labour and the Conservatives are content with this system - it allows them to act entitled to dozens of seats. That’s why their manifesto had no answers, no solutions, for so many key swathes of the country’s population, and why both of them refused to commit to electoral reform. The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, are demanding something better. We want to replace first past the post with the Single Transferable Vote method, ending safe seats and ensuring no vote is wasted. We want votes for 16 and 17 year olds. We want to make sure British citizens living abroad can vote, and help citizens with no fixed abode to help.
  • We want to make it easier for the press and ordinary citizens to hold Parliament to account. We propose strengthening the Freedom of Information Act - which the Tory manifesto does not mention once - by stopping ministers from vetoing requests that they find politically unpalatable. We propose stronger freedom of speech laws. For example, we want to repeal one provision that means a news publication, if they get sued but win the case, can still have to pay the legal fees of those that sue them.
  • The Conservative party is rocked by scandal, but we have been steadfast in holding it to account. When the Cambel-Saxon scandal began, we led the charge in saying that this issue needs to be settled independently. When the findings came out, we were the first to call for Cambel and Saxon to resign their seats. We will forever hold ourselves to high ethical standards and demand the best from the other parties. That’s why, for example, we want to make a register of lobbyists and remove big money from politics.
  • Dylan Macmillan flip-flopped on House of Lords reform. There is no justification for his decision other than political expediency.

 

Mainstreeting event #3

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he compared the party manifestos:

  • The fact of the matter is, the Liberal Democrats are driving the conversation and leading the way on bold and radical - and sensible - policy ideas for facing the challenges facing our nation. To reuse an old quote, both the Tory and Labour manifestos have smart and original ideas, but the original ideas usually aren’t smart, and the smart ideas usually aren’t original. For example, the shift to a justice system focused on rehabilitation and repairing communities and the lives of victims, that has long been a liberal idea, but while they embrace it now, both Tories and Labour usually opposed it while in office. And with land value tax, both parties have now expressed support for it - but Liberals and Liberal Democrats have been discussing and advocating this proposal for over a century.
  • There were so many issues where both Labour and the Conservatives just didn’t say a word. The Conservatives, for example, did not lay out a mental health strategy or a plan for flooding - despite the disastrous floods we’ve seen earlier in the year. Labour did not set a homebuilding target or lay out in sufficient detail how they will fund the NHS throughout the parliament. Neither party had a comprehensive climate change strategy, neither party discussed the rural economy or agriculture, neither party put in their manifesto comments on Syria or Ukraine, neither party pledged to protect post offices.
  • The sharpest example of this is housing policy. We are facing a housing crisis, and the Liberal Democrats put forward no less than 32 policy ideas on building more homes, making better use of existing housing stock, protecting the rights of renters and tenants, and fighting homelessness. Now, the Tories set forward a target of 200,000 new homes by 2019, which sounds good until you remember we can make that target by building less than half as many homes a year as we did last year. So, if they reach that target, we’ll be doing worse than we’d be doing if we maintained the status quo and even then they set out no way of doing that. Labour, meanwhile, had no real coherent overarching housing policy and atrociously no mention of homelessness. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats committed to building 300,000 homes a year, and the government itself making up any shortfall by directly building homes. The difference in detail is clear.

 

Mainstreeting event #4

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he discussed foreign and defence policy:

  • Our plan for foreign policy is by far the most detailed, well-informed, and cogent plan in any manifesto. It doesn’t rely on talking points and oversimplifications like the Tory and Labour plans. It actually discusses how our party would, in government, approach serious issues such as Ukraine, such as Syria, such as Iran, such as the refugee crisis. Those are all words that did not appear once in either the Labour or Conservative manifestos. They have made no cast-iron commitments, no meaningful pledges, provided no real insight, into how they will approach those issues. I think that is a dereliction of duty and quite frankly a country as well-placed as Britain to be a global force for good can do far better.
  • We laid out a comprehensive plan not just for individual foreign policy challenges, but for tackling the solutions we as a world face. Our plan on climate change, for example, was all-inclusive and keenly aware of the issues that need to be tackled. Our plan on international development was not just about aid, but it was also about trade, supporting and enabling private charity, fighting corruption, fighting transnational crime, reforming international institutions to better reflect the needs of everyone, not just the elite.
  • We need to do better by our service members and our veterans, and I’m proud to say our manifesto contained some terrific ideas on that front. We’ll create a Cabinet-level Ministry of Veterans Affairs, able to draw on support and resources from all departments. We’ll provide more support for reservists. We’ll make sure military families living on MoD properties get a right to repair and maintenance. We’ll help soldiers and heroes and veterans start new careers and get proper help with housing and health.

Mainstreeting event #5

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he discussed health and education:

  • As a party fundamentally committed to equal opportunity, one of our greatest achievements in government was the pupil premium. This gives schools extra money for every child they take on who is in care, eligible for free school lunches, or from a military family. It’s done wonders for educational attainment and closing inequalities in our education system that flourished under Labour, and we will fight to protect and expand it over the course of the next parliament. We’ll extend Free School meals, encourage the creation of breakfast clubs, invest in better education for children with disabilities or special educational needs, and do far more to provide for the wellbeing of our students and equipping them with essential life skills such as financial literacy.
  • The Liberal Democrats are committed to preserving our NHS, as free at the point of use and accessible to all. We will put a penny on the pound on income tax - as a first step in introducing a dedicated health tax and delivering a cross-party consensus on NHS funding - providing £6 billion a year, of which EVERY penny will go to providing NHS and social care funding above the point of inflation. We will better integrate health and social care, ending the social care funding crisis and limiting the amount elderly people have to pay. We will place a renewed focus on prevention and public health, and treat mental health as seriously as we do physical health. We have long been fighting campaigns for these principles, including in government, but with your support, we can win them.
  • We will do what we can to support our cherished public sector workers. We’re going to lift the pay cap on public sector employees - and will insist any party we enter coalition with takes this step. That’s good news for teachers, firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, street cleaners, civil servants, social care workers, everyone. We’ll reduce the workload on teachers, freeing them from unnecessary paperwork and inspections. We’ll reinstate nursing bursaries. And we’ll reject the uncosted, unnecessary Tory plan to dramatically increase the workload of NHS staff - the Tories haven’t provided figures for this plan or said how they’ll provide necessary increases in staff and resources, so we’ll reject it.

 

Mainstreeting event #6

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera joined the local candidate and activists in [constituency name] for mainstreeting, where he discussed devolution and localism:

  • The Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to letting individuals decide for themselves the course of not just their own lives, but the futures of their communities as well. We have been consistent advocates for localism and devolution in politics, rejecting the impulses to centralise and monopolise power found in both Labour and the Conservatives.
  • We will do what we can to devolve more funding, more revenue-raising powers, and more decision-making powers to local councils - allowing you to elect, by proportional representation, councillors accountable to your neighbourhood and your community, without the risk of government ministers intervening in decisions just because they dislike them.
  • We are long supporters of devolution, too. It allows for accountability, for innovative government, for true democracy. We will expand powers, including the power to raise or lower income tax, for both the Scottish and Welsh parliaments. We’ll introduce Devolution on Demand, allowing bottom-up, citizen-driven campaigns for devolution. For example, expanding the powers of the London Assembly or creating a new Cornish government.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 17
Media - 33
Policy - 24


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General Goose
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19/03/2019 10:43 pm  

Speech #1

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on the environment. An extract is below.

“I am immensely proud that, of the three major parties, we have always been the boldest and most proactive on the environment. We also recognise that caring about the environment - our natural resources, the air we breathe and the water we drink, the ground on which we stand - is not just compatible with smart economics, it is required by smart economics. Both Labour and the Tories had this instinct for treating industrial strategy and environmental policy as two separate – and conflicting – goals, requiring little fixes and some fighting along the way.

Liberal Democrats challenged this assumption, as unimaginative and irresponsible, noting that it led to worse environmental outcomes and neglected the opportunities green economic growth would present. In government we made massive investments in renewable and green energy, focused on green economic growth and high environmental standards, and created the world’s first ever Green Investment Bank. Now, we have set out a bold green stimulus plan, that includes green infrastructure, includes green energy, includes resource efficiency and energy efficiency, that invests in the left-behind towns and rural reaches of the UK, that includes skills training and good well-paying jobs, builds on clean export potential in the industries where we are already strong. And we set out a long term plan for fighting climate change and improving air quality - and we were the only party to mention air quality - not just platitudes.

But we’ll take other steps too. We will enact Five Green Laws, as the basis for a new and radical programme of essential environmental preservation. Green Transport, Green Buildings, a Zero Carbon economy by 2050, Resource Efficiency and Zero Waste, and a Nature Act that will create new natural parks, marine nature reserves, protect biodiversity, and strengthen punishments for animal cruelty. And we are advocating an eventual move to green taxes, replacing existing taxes.

Any government that we are part of will be the greenest government in Britain’s history. That is a guarantee.”

Speech #2

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on Labour’s reported embrace of liberalism. An extract is below.

“Much has been made recently of the Labour shift towards social liberalism. While they still have a way to go on economic and political liberalism - on breaking up power and prioritising the creation of opportunity - there has been a trend, on issues like drugs and justice and making the positive case for immigration towards Labour being more liberal.

Now, I have my doubts as to how far up this liberal attitude travels within the Labour party. There are, undoubtedly, those who are genuine social liberals within the Labour party, but there are those who are not. Ari Suchet, after all, greeted the death of a political opponent with a harsh “whoops, who cares?” And that wasn’t even a private slip-up. It was very public. Deliberately so. That’s not a liberal attitude to disagreement. That’s the attitude of someone who sees political opponents as innately evil.

And let’s not forget that - while small-l liberals within the Labour Party have done great things - those within the Labour Party who reject liberalism have campaigned for a centralised overbearing state, unchecked surveillance powers, harsh restrictions on free speech, and the same shortsighted reactionary drug, justice, and immigration policies that they now decry. There are still shades of the nanny state, of the surveillance state, of the “we knows best how to live your lives” mentality from Labour. And let us not forget the big one, constitutional reform. Labour has often been slow not only to put power closer to the people in terms of localism, but they have refused to back a vote on proportional representation. That, to me, is putting self-interest instead of principle.

Maybe I’m wrong. If they are sincere about this - and ready to cast aside their party’s recent flirtations with the same ban culture and illiberal interventionism that they now decry - they will find in the Lib Dems eager and enthusiastic allies who have been making the same arguments for years. We will be willing to work cross-party, to do what we can to stand up for equality and liberty, as we have done with those from all parties and none in the past. But I have a message to those who hear Labour tell liberals “come home” - Labour has never been an undisputed home for liberals. Labour’s history with liberalism is complex, with both good and bad. And so I think when Labour tries to reach out to liberals, we must maintain a healthy scepticism.”

Speech #3

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on the Conservative Party’s unsuitability for rule. An extract is below.

“Thank you for being here everyone. Let us talk, for a bit, about why British politics is in the mess it is in. It is because the Conservative Party - including many of its most prominent MPs - opted to elevate Mary Cambel and Harold Saxon to a position of power. Mary Cambel and Harold Saxon never acted in good faith to preserve the coalition. Harold Saxon, as Chief Whip, whipped against policy that had been agreed on. Mary Cambel decided to place Saxon’s political career over the country’s best interests and so the coalition ended. And then, not long afterwards, the careers of Cambel and Saxon ended too, with the duo having been revealed to have lied about a damaging leak of their supposed economic policy.

Now, Dylan Macmillan obviously is not Cambel and Saxon. But the Conservative Party at large has questions to answer. Why did they try scapegoating the BBC, whose reporters acted in accordance with journalistic ethics? Why did they resist an independent investigation for so long? And why have they not accepted that this sorry saga has led to a dramatic drop in trust in the political establishment, across the political spectrum, and exposes why we need urgent reform?

And Dylan Macmillan has not kept to the same virtues that enabled him to draw such widespread support as a backbencher. Not only is he, without justification or any mea culpa, rethinking past coalition policies after storming out of negotiations because we dared to suggest the same thing, but as a backbencher, he wrote a bill and garnered cross-party support for replacing the House of Lords with an elected and democratically accountable upper chamber. The moment he got into office, he flip-flopped on that commitment. The only excuse? Political expediency.

I think what we have seen is both Labour and the Tories have a lack of vision, a deficit of integrity, and a sense of entitlement towards their voters and the constituencies they hold. We need to demand better from our politicians. We need a party with a positive vision and that rejects the tribal politics created by our electoral system. That party is the Liberal Democrats.”

Speech #4

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on the inclusive nature of the Lib Dems. An extract is below.

“What I am particularly proud about with our party is that inclusivity is part of our DNA, and that is reflected in our campaign strategy and our manifesto. Now, what does that mean? It means that we work to understand the needs and concerns of everyone in society - regardless of faith or lack of it, country or region they’re from, race or ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity, social class or wealth or occupation. We do not present ourselves as a party for some but not for others. We do not engage in divide and conquer politics.

That is very unique in Britain right now, and I think our manifestos reflect that. For instance, in our manifesto we had a plan for every stage of education. We have a plan for all parts of our economy - from rural farmers to scale-up digital companies, from creative businesses to industrial exporters. We understand that every industry, every occupation, is a backbone to communities and a livelihood for families. Whereas Tory and Labour manifestos didn’t mention any industries that were not political priorities. No mention of, for example, an industrial strategy and no mention of agriculture or rural economy. That is the mindset of a party that will inevitably leave people behind and then shrug its shoulders when it does. The Liberal Democrats have proven themselves to be better than that.

Beyond that, we have a commitment to liberty and equality - to say that, hey, it is up for individuals, not bureaucrats or politicians, to dictate how people live their lives, to defend living without discrimination, to give everyone the means to chart out their own prospects in life. Both the Tories and Labour give lip service to those ideas but their politicians frequently fail in that regard - for example, neither manifesto discusses help for those with disabilities. That is, I think, a disgusting oversight.

Now, you might not agree with everything we say. That’s fine. We have a very liberal attitude to disagreement too. But we will make sure every voice is heard and every community is represented, that every region is included in economic prosperity and every employee shares in economic success. And, through proportional representation, we will finally put an end to the injustices of wasted votes and whole swathes of the country being ignored by politicians of the two large established parties.”

 

Speech #5

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on the importance of this election. An extract is below.

“This is a tremendously important election coming up. I know that’s said about every election, but there is something corrosive in British politics, rooted in the Conservative and Labour parties - contempt for the other side, a partisan disregard for the other side’s voters, a feeling of entitlement to your votes and their constituencies - that I fear may inflict irreparable damage if left unchecked. Any election, from here on out, could be our last chance to say no. To vote for something positive, not just to vote against what the other side is offering.

And the Liberal Democrats are offering that something positive. We have always been the party of practicable reforms. And when it was Liberal Democrat ministers making decisions in government, we have proved that. We gave everyone a far bigger tax-free income allowance, lifting millions of the most vulnerable out of income tax. We put in place the pension triple lock, protecting pensions. We made dramatic investments in green and renewable energy, investments neither Labour nor the Tories made or would have made. We enacted equal marriage. We vetoed Tory efforts to erode workers’ rights and the most basic elements of our safety net, and turned the tide on the Labour campaign against civil liberties.

We are the party for localism, putting power back to the people and allowing communities to forge their own destiny. We have a housebuilding plan that will create 300,000 new houses per year. We are the party for political reform, shattering the corrupt two party system. And we will be able to push for these policies - and do a hell of a lot more than just merely moderate the nasty wings in the two other parties, as important as that is - if we have your support. Every vote, in every constituency - every MP, every councillor - strengthens our hand.”

Speech #6

All target constituencies - £25,000

Graham Adiputera gave a speech to local activists and voters in [constituency name] on leadership. An extract is below.

“While we all vote for an MP - rather than directly for a prime minister - it is important, of course, to consider the leader of the party that the MP belongs to. And leadership, and other personal virtues, can of course be found in politicians in every party. But I think that is currently lacking in both the Tory and Labour parties in Westminster. Dylan Macmillan, for example, has long since abandoned the reputation of freethinking that he had when out in the political wilderness. He stormed out of coalition negotiations - breaking a promise made to provide a counter-proposal - simply because we dared to want to think critically about past decisions and provide for pragmatic capital investment in our country’s future. He has flip-flopped on so many previously held positions - most noticeably on the key questions of the EU and replacing the House of Lords - for political expediency.

Ari Suchet has a lot of passion, and clearly her team put far more work into her manifesto than the Tory team did - though it still neglects key issues such as a dedicated plan for climate change or housebuilding, and doesn’t mention disabilities, agriculture, industrial strategy, post offices, tax evasion, and other important issues. Traditionally Labour issues, you might have thought, but seemingly the Labour Party considers making promises and plans for them optional. But also Suchet has a sort of ideological, rather than evidence-based, approach to governing. A fixation on high taxes rather than more effective and sustainable ways of raising revenue such as fighting tax evasion or shifting to green taxation. A fixation on nationalisation, rather than other cheaper means of achieving similar goals. And a fundamental disrespect for her political opponents. When Margaret Thatcher died - and I was no fan, I’ve always been opposed to Thatcherism - but Suchet’s response was “whoops, who cares?” That is callous.

Meredith Hansen-Charles, meanwhile, is by far the most popular leader in the country right now, and there are very good reasons for that. Through the manifesto, she has set out a positive reforming agenda, showing concern for the lives and interests of all. She will listen to the views and concerns of everyone. She will work across party lines - she is not a tribal party person. I think most people would agree that the best position for this country, after the election, is one where Meredith Hansen-Charles helps guide the future of our country, rather than instead relying on zealous GBC Tories or hard-left ideologues. There is one way to secure that. One way. Vote Liberal Democrat. You will get a brilliant local MP, as part of a brilliant team in Parliament, led by a brilliant leader.”

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 17
Media - 33
Policy - 24


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19/03/2019 11:25 pm  

Leaflet in all target constituencies: £50,000

The first side of the leaflet has a landscape table, of three columns (named Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat) and various rows, with the title COMPARING MANIFESTOS. On the left side of the title, there are pictures of Dylan Macmillan and Ari Suchet both looking befuddled in muted colours, while on the right of the title, a photo of Meredith Hansen-Charles and Graham Adiputera confidently presenting the Liberal Democrat manifesto in brighter colours.

Each row gives the content of the respective manifestos on the given topic (with column splits indicated here by semi-colons). The first few rows simply have ticks and crosses, while the last couple go into more detail.

Flooding Strategy - Cross; Tick; Tick

Mental Health Strategy - Cross; Tick; Tick

Tax Evasion - Tick; Cross; Tick

Homelessness Strategy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Agriculture and Fisheries Policy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Rural Economy Strategy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Pledge to Protect Post Offices - Cross; Cross; Tick

Industrial Strategy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Syria Policy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Ukraine Policy - Cross; Cross; Tick

Comprehensive Climate Change Plan - Cross; Cross; Tick

Support for those with Disabilities - Cross; Cross; Tick

Money for the NHS - £10 billion over five years; £7 billion in Year 1 But No Fully Fledged Promises After That; £6 billion and growing every year, fully paid for

Homebuilding - Promises Fewer Houses Per Year Than We’re Currently Building; No Overall Homebuilding Strategy; Will Aim For 300,000 Per Year And Get Government to Make Up the Shortfall

 

At the bottom of the page, in large text, is ONLY ONE PARTY HAS A PLAN FOR THE SERIOUS ISSUES FACING OUR COUNTRY - THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS. There is also, in smaller print, a note saying “Sourced from the three Manifestos”

On the other side of the leaflet is a page designed in a portrait style. The header indicates that this is a Liberal Democrat FOCUS leaflet, and the largest picture will be of MHC with the local candidate and activists. Space exists on the side for the local party to include a short local story and, if it is wise, a bar chart of 2010 results showing how the Lib Dems are well-placed to win or hold the seat. If the local party does not use that space, it is taken up by further pictures, including one of the local candidate with Graham Adiputera. At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV support, or to offer support.

The bulk of this page of the leaflet is taken up with a short letter by MHC, with the heading A CHANCE TO CHANGE POLITICS ON APRIL 10:

“Hello,

I am writing to you today because I am pleased to endorse [Candidate Name Here] - the brilliant local candidate for your area in the general election on April 10. A steadfast and dedicated campaigner for political reform and social justice, they will be a strong voice for [constituency name] in Parliament, standing up for your needs and interests even if the two big parties stand by and shrug.

We have a brilliant opportunity to change politics here, to force politicians to truly care about liberty and individual opportunity, to hold them to the highest standards of ethical conduct and honesty, and by voting for candidates such as [candidate name here] we can seize that opportunity together.

The Conservatives and Labour have repeatedly taken power for granted, acting as if they are entitled to millions of votes and dozens of seats. This sorry state of affairs reached its peak this election, with two sorry manifestos that left out many highly important issues - and mangled the issues they did tackle. Did you know, for instance, that the Conservative homebuilding pledge will be met even if current annual rates of homebuilding halves? That’s not good enough. That’s worse than the status quo.

And the leaders provide no leadership. Dylan Macmillan has, for example, flip-flopped on political reform, going from supporter to opponent, in the course of a few months, abandoning the issue the moment it became politically inconvenient. Ari Suchet, meanwhile, shows no grace or kindness to those who disagree with her. When a political opponent died, she publicly said “who cares?” That’s not good enough. These people need to be held to account. The Liberal Democrats will do that.

It is the Liberal Democrats who are providing ideas and confronting problems head-on. We are the ones providing true leadership, accepting the duty politicians have to put country before party.

I hope we can count on your support,

Meredith Hansen-Charles”

 

Leaflet in all constituencies: £50,000

On one side of the leaflet, there is a large portrait photo of the local candidate, with local activists, flanked by Meredith Hansen-Charles and Graham Adiputera. There are options for the local party to include text boxes or further photos on the side, as well as a space for bar charts to make the argument that the Lib Dems can win here but certain other parties cannot. The candidate, Hansen-Charles and Adiputera are all holding copies of the manifesto, with the words “SECURING BRITAIN’S FUTURE” and “VOTE [CANDIDATE NAME] ON 10 APRIL” at the bottom, the large text in official Lib Dem colour.

On the other side, there are the same options for the local party to include text boxes or further photos on the side, as well as a space for bar charts to make the argument that the Lib Dems can win here but certain other parties cannot. There is also, at the bottom, both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV support, or to offer support.

The bulk of the second page, flanked by pictures of both MHC and the local candidate meeting with voters and activists, is filled up with this message to voters, that reads as follows:

“LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - A RECORD OF DELIVERY AND A PROMISE TO VOTERS

Dear voter,

Residents of [constituency name] need a strong local voice for them in Parliament, and it would be my honour to provide you with that voice. As your MP, I would be an unwavering advocate for the needs and interests of [constituency name], fighting for the local economy and to protect local services.

This election, we are told that we face a choice, between a divided Labour party and a scandal-tarred Conservative party, between economic recklessness on one hand and callous disregard for those left behind on the other. Neither choice offers much change in the way of how politics is done. The truth is, there is a third option available. The Liberal Democrats have a bold and visionary economic policy, that will get the deficit under control while making necessary investments in our future, that will share both the burdens and opportunities of economic reforms fairly, that will allow all regions of the country to prosper and all individuals the opportunity to succeed.

In government, we have made some tough choices, and we acknowledge that some Conservative-led policies need to be reviewed and adjusted. However, we have:

  • Raised the tax-free personal allowance (don’t believe the Tories when they say they did this)
  • Introduced a pupil premium to give every child the resources and support they need
  • Fought for civil liberties, equal rights, and returning power to the people wherever possible
  • Created the world’s first Green Investment Bank and made dramatic investments in the green economy
  • Introduced the pension triple lock, ensuring pensions rise comfortably year after year

With your support, we can:

  • Embark on an ambitious platform of political reform - including an elected upper chamber, a register of lobbyists, an end to big money in politics, votes at 16, and proportional representation that makes politicians work for your vote
  • Provide an immediate £6 billion per year, and growing, cash infusion in the NHS and social care, and continue our work to integrate health and social care and take mental health seriously
  • End the public sector pay cap, increase the tax-free personal allowance, and build 300,000 homes per year.
  • Embark on a bold new economic strategy that will see the deficit fall, debt get under control, and new investments in helping small and medium businesses thrive.

Check at our manifesto at [insert tinyurl here] and please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how it would help you and others in [constituency name].

Thank you,

[candidate name]”

 

 

Billboard in all constituencies: £50,000

Two pictures, split in half by the text, the left picture being a disorganised pile of flip-flops, the right picture being of Dylan Macmillan in muted colours looking confused looking at the flip-flops. Dark blue text stands out against the white background.

THE EU, POLITICAL REFORM, PUBLIC SECTOR PAY, EDUCATION, LEGAL AID…

THE LIST GOES ON.

THE TORIES HAVE MORE FLIP-FLOPS THAN A BEACH.

VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ON 10 APRIL.

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

 

Billboard in all constituencies: £50,000

On the left hand side of the screen, dark red tinted pictures of Ari Suchet, Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown - on the right, dark blue tinted pictures of Dylan Macmillan, Harold Saxon, and Mary Cambel. In the middle, smiling pictures of Meredith Hansen-Charles and Graham Adiputera with other Lib Dem MPs and activists.

Above the pictures, the words “REJECT THE EXTREMES - ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE”.

Beneath the picture, the words “VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ON 10 APRIL TO CHANGE OUR POLITICS AND SECURE BRITAIN’S FUTURE.”

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

 

Billboard in all constituencies: £50,000

The billboard shows two pensioners looking at their tax bills, happy that it has gone down. The text reads:

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS INTRODUCED A PENSION TRIPLE LOCK - ENSURING PENSIONS GO UP SUBSTANTIALLY EVERY YEAR - AND INCREASED THE TAX FREE PERSONAL ALLOWANCE

THE TORIES KEEP ON MENTIONING THIS AS AMONG THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS - BUT IT WASN’T THEIR IDEA

VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT 10 APRIL FOR TRUE LEADERSHIP

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

Meredith Hansen-Charles QC MP
Cambridge (2005-Present)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Parliamentary experience: Novice (20)
Media experience: Novice (24)
Policy experience: Unknown (9)


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19/03/2019 11:40 pm  

Sutton and Cheam canvassing - £5,000

Graham Adiputera went canvassing around his constituency in the final day of the election. Though he focused on getting out the vote and squeezing Labour and Green voters by pointing out it was a LDem v Conservative fight, he did make the following arguments in last minute conversations:

  • In government, we delivered the pupil premium, the tax-free allowance, the pension triple lock, investments in green and renewable energy, and equal marriage - all achievements the Conservatives now try and take credit for, despite having worked against them behind the scenes. If part of the next government, we are the party with the most comprehensive and most effective economic and fiscal strategy, that will ensure nobody is left behind. 
  • The Liberal Democrats are calling for a government that will work for areas such as Sutton and Cheam - including by opposing Heathrow expansion, which will devastate quality of life in some areas and increase pollution; expanding train infrastructure in London, including the opening of night-time Tube services; protecting local pubs from closure by fighting for fairer rents; ensuring there are no post office closures; taking air quality and homelessness seriously; and ensuring social care and mental health provision are treated seriously. 
  • The other party manifestos are lacking cogent and coherent plans on many of the above issues. It is Liberal Democrats who are driving the conversation in Parliament, and Liberal Democrats - including at the height of the Cambel-Saxon scandal - who are holding government to account. 

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 17
Media - 33
Policy - 24


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19/03/2019 11:52 pm  

Leaflet - Sutton and Cheam - £10,000

On one side of the leaflet is a picture of Graham Adiputera, with Meredith Hansen-Charles and local Lib Dem councillors and activists, with Lib Dem colours and motifs and a simple message: "Re Elect Graham". 

On the other side of the leaflet, there is a picture of Graham Adiputera meeting with constituents in the centre. To the left, there is a short letter from the candidate:

Dear [voter name]

Serving as your MP has been a superb privilege and I would be honoured to have your support in the upcoming election on 10 April. My team and I have been diligent and relentless campaigners for ordinary people here in Sutton and Cheam and have fought tirelessly on both national and local campaigns. 

As your MP, I pledge to - as opposed to my Conservative opponent:

  • Oppose Heathrow expansion, which would hurt Sutton and Cheam communities. 
  • Expand rail infrastructure in London, including introducing a Night Tube and bringing overground services under Transport for London. 
  • Empower local residents and protect local institutions such as pubs and post offices. 
  • Take air quality and homelessness seriously, and lead on campaigns such as mental health, support for those with disabilities, and international human rights where other parties have abandoned the discussion. 
  • Continue my work developing pragmatic, compassionate and reforming economic and fiscal policy. 

Please get in touch if you have any questions or points to make.

Best,

Graham Adiputera

On the other side is a bar chart of the last election result, showing how only Graham has a chance of beating the Conservative candidate. There is also a text box, side by side with a picture of MHC, with her personal endorsement of Graham. 

"Graham is an invaluable voice in Parliament. He has developed a housing plan that will build 300,000 homes per year, is Parliament's leading voice on industrial strategy and fighting climate change, and has been a tireless and principled advocate on almost every issue under the sun. He is committed to not only working with fellow MPs from all parties but also in holding them to account and making politics more trustworthy."

[MHC's signature]

There are contact details for getting in touch with the campaign, as well as legal text and a web address for the manifesto. 

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 17
Media - 33
Policy - 24


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