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“Prize-pony” Lib Dems gallop ahead of Labour

September 24, 2019 12:10 PM
By Guy Kiddey

Guy KiddeyHigh Peak's politics see unprecedented change

GUY KIDDEY, the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for High Peak, was out with his campaign team last Saturday in Glossop.

High Peak voters are flocking to the Lib Dems, who are now polling ahead of Labour in High Peak*. The Lib Dems have seen a 74% increase in local membership since 2016.

Guy loved the humour he encountered time and again as he spoke to voters in Glossop. One woman in a jewellery shop, giggling at his enormous rosette, said: "Oooo-aren't you the prize pony!"

Another voter remarked on Guy's manner of speaking, saying his accent sounded "just like one of them typical posh politicians". She was pleasantly surprised to find out that, while Guy had been to a private school, this was only because he had won a scholarship.

Guy grew up in a modest home. His father was a state primary-school teacher, and his mother a marketing manager at a further-education college. He went to local state schools until he was 12, including comprehensive school.

"That comprehensive school was in a desperate state. In fact, it closed a few years after I was there. I know I am very lucky that my parents were aware of alternatives for me, and that I was able to win a scholarship," Guy says.

The Labour Party have just passed a motion to outlaw private schools.

"Besides being an affront to parents who value choice, nationalising every private school would cost billions that would be far better spent on existing state schools.

"Private schools are not a problem. Struggling state schools that can't afford to keep departments open or aren't big enough to serve the local catchment area are," Guy says.

High Peak poll sept 18 2019

*Based on projection by Flavible Politics from YouGov poll 18.09.19

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