here. It isn't bad considering that this is a very safe seat. I wasn't really expecting to win. Here though is the proof, a copy of the leaflet which should have been delivered throughout Billericay, but I know was not, because people have told me.
Here is the local Liberal Democrats website
It was a strange process, the only qualification seemed to be that I was willing for my name to be put on the ballot paper. I have been a member of the party for a long time, but never an active member - I have never been to a branch meeting, for example. Then there are the unbelievable number of pieces of paper. Thankfully the local agent dealt with all that. I did get 4 (FOUR) letters inviting me to the various post election proceedings - monitoring and counts etc. - and so did all my family.
If I ever stand again I have my first costs saving idea!
So what would have happened if I had won, if the Nick Clegg effect had yielded more than 4% increase in the liberal vote?
I would have treated it as an Act of God and responded accordingly - Tried to be a good effective councillor. After all it seems that politics and faith have at least one thing in common. To serve you just have to be available and willing.