Senior Lib Dems on the campaign trail in Berwick constituency as polling day looms

Julie P�rksen at Gallows Hill Farm, Cambo.
Julie P�rksen at Gallows Hill Farm, Cambo.

Several Lib Dem big guns have visited the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency to support Julie Pörksen’s General Election campaign in the past week as decision day approaches.

The first high-profile visitor was former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell, who visited businesses in Berwick, including Martin’s printers, on April 27.

The party’s foreign affairs spokesman Tim Farron called in last Thursday and joined Julie and her campaign team canvassing in Amble before visiting the Acklington cattle mart. Mr Farron is the chair of the parliamentary hill farming group and spoke to local livestock farmers.

He said: “I’ve been hugely impressed with Julie’s campaign and she has all the attributes to make an excellent MP with a great understanding of the issues affecting a rural constituency. All the signs are that she is attracting tactical support from supporters of other parties who are realising that a vote for Labour, Green or UKIP is likely to result in a Conservative MP here.”

He was followed by another former party leader, Lord Steel, who paid a cross-Border visit to Berwick and Cornhill-on-Tweed from his home near Peebles to support the importance of maintaining the union between England and Scotland on Friday (May 1).

Finally, another prominent party figure, Baroness Shirley Williams joined the Lib Dem campaign in Warkworth to visit local tourism businesses yesterday,

Ms Pörksen said: “As polling day approaches on Thursday, the Lib Dem campaign has been building momentum daily, with thousands of letters and leaflets delivered and hundreds more posters and stakeboards going up in every part of the constituency. It is very clear that this will be a very close contest between me and my party’s championing of community concerns and the Conservative candidate’s big bucks campaign supported by wealthy donors. It was hugely welcome to have so many high-profile Lib Dem heavyweights visit to back my campaign and help us get the message across to even more voters in the final days of the campaign.”