Wednesday just gone was my political birthday - 29 years ago to the day, on 24th May 1988, I joined the political party that I still champion today - my receipt slip for the Stamford and Spalding constituency records me as a member of the Liberal Party, but I was clear I was joining the merged Social and Liberal Democrats.

It is a decision from 1988 that I still have no regrets over today.

Then I was living in Spalding, Lincolnshire and right now I'm sitting in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. The journey I realise is literally coast to coast with very many places in between. Then I was angry about fair votes, about civil liberties, angry at Labours failure, scared by Conservative dictator and inspired by The SDP/Liberal Alliance.


But right now my battle and my ambitions are more focussed - I want to get Mark Williams the outstanding MP for Ceredigion re-elected, I want to see the Conservative MPs for Brecon and Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire defeated by James Gibson-Watt and Jane Dodds and Eluned Parrott elected to represent Cardiff Central and back into a legislative chamber.

So why am I writing? basically I believe that we are fighting the election of our lives. In the tone and tenor of this campaign I smell the outcomes of the 1983 and 1992 election. In 1992 I realise Geraint Howells was defeated in a shock result - we, and I mean we, need to make sure that doesn't happen this time.

I urge you, beg you, advise you, ask you, plead with you to help with these campaigns - we need foot soldiers, deliverers, canvassers, donations and more. I am based in the Aberystwyth Liberal Association Offices and am asking you to come, contact and help: Ed Fordham, c/o 32 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NF.

And thank you, I know we all have elections - but right now, this is about the future of liberalism in Wales and I am calling in all favours and asking you to ensure that we have a good, strong and celebratory night on Thursday 8th June.

See you soon I hope,

Ed Fordham
Liberal Democrat Election Co-ordinator for Mid, North and West Wales.