Chester West and Chester (CWaC) and Cheshire East 2019 Campaign

We are fielding 80 candidates across Cheshire in the local elections on May 2nd.

There are 30 candidates in Cheshire East and 50 across Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC). This is a record number in recent elections and demonstrates the strength of the Party.

A Lib Dem team canvassing in Kelsall supported by Daniela Parker (centre) Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Weaver Vale.

With over 100,000 members and registered supporters, we now have a larger membership base than the Conservatives.

Our candidates are campaigning on a wide range of issues, many specific to the local Wards but there are huge issues in both Councils relating to governance with Council Officers suspended in Cheshire East, planning and leasehold issues in new properties in Northwich and the environment where we opposed to fracking.

The Lib Dems are funded locally by member donations, we are not beholden to large private or business donations and voters can be reassured we are acting in their best interests.

Daniela Parker, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Weaver Vale, commented:

“Lib Dems have been actively campaigning over Brexit and local issues over the last few years and our candidates have a built up a reputation for working hard all year round and not just at election time. We believe that we are in a strong position to win seats on both Councils and the feedback on the doorstep is that our messages resonate with people looking for better local services.”

Please contact our Press Officer Malcolm Gaskill on (01606863575 or [email protected] ) if you have any queries.

Mark Ireland-Jones

Daniela Parker Announced as Weaver Vale PPC for next General Election

The Lib Dems constituency Party in Weaver Vale are pleased to announce that they have selected Daniela Parker as their prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC).

Our previous candidate Paul Roberts who is standing in the CWaC 2019 local election for the ward of Farndon commented “I am delighted that Daniela – who lives in the constituency – has been appointed as the Weaver Vale PPC. I’m sure she will make a real impact and get a much improved Lib Dem result at the next General Election, whenever it happens”.

Daniela said “I am thrilled to have been selected as the PPC for Weaver Vale. I am committed to working with all the members of the local community and demonstrating that our Party’s policies can deliver a real improvement in people’s lives. Whether that is campaigning against Fracking in our constituency to a fair funding model for our NHS I believe we offer a much-needed alternative to the Labour and the Tories who are being dictated to by the extremists in their parties.

I am delighted to already have been able to start putting together my campaign team, and in the new year we will start planning our campaign strategy with my goal to become the Liberal Democrat MP for Weaver Vale”.

Daniela lives in Cheshire with her husband and daughter and works within the Charitable sector with Victims and Witnesses of Crime. She read Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor and went on to work for 12 years with substance misusing offenders in custody and supporting them in their recovery.

Daniela is active in her local community and has worked with her neighbours to improve the appearance of their urban village and campaign for safer roads as well as objecting to more housing developments in the area.

Daniela is passionate about a number of issues including healthcare and in particular improving the provision of mental health services. As well as the criminal justice system, including both the rehabilitation of offenders and the experience of victims and witnesses. As the daughter of an Italian father and a British mother she classes herself as pro European, and has been campaigning for an ‘Exit-from-Brexit’.

May 2019 Local Elections Campaign Update : Farndon Ward Campaign well underway!

Paul Roberts and Daniela Parker were out canvassing again this morning. This time in support of Paul’s campaign for the May 2019 elections for CWAC Farndon Ward. Paul was joined by Jane Dodds Leader of the Welsh Lib Dem’s !! Daniela says ‘It was excellent discussing campaigning strategy with her and picking up ideas for our campaigns across Weaver Vale and Eddisbury. We are looking forward to renewed campaigning in 2019 and raising the Lib Dem profile across the area’

Our latest Farndon Ward Focus Leaflet was delivered in November and can be downloaded HERE 

The new Cheshire West Council elected in 2019 is likely to be finely balanced between Labour and the Tories, so just a small group of Lib Dem Councillors could be in a position to decide how the next Council is run.


Tarvin Kelsall and Delamere Focus Delivered


We are putting together a strong experienced team of candidates across Cheshire West in May 2019.

In Tarvin Kelsall and Delamere Ward, John Edwards and Ted Lush have delivered our latest FOCUS leaflet,

The new Cheshire West Council elected in 2019 is likely to be finely balanced between Labour and the Tories, so just a small group of Lib Dem Councillors could be in a position to decide how the next Council is run.

To download a copy of the latest Tarvin and Kelsall Focus click HERE.

Our Winsford Councillors Deliver the Spring Focus

We are putting together a strong experienced team of candidates to fight the seven Winsford seats on Cheshire West in May 2019.

We have already delivered 5000 FOCUS leaflets during the Christmas holidays. Currently, we are delivering our Spring edition of FOCUS.

The new Cheshire West Council elected in 2019 is likely to be finely balanced between Labour and the Tories, so just a small group of Lib Dem Councillors could be in a position to decide how the next Council is run.

To download a copy of the Spring Focus click HERE.

Cllr Malcolm Gaskill

Bunbury By-Election -Big Swing to Eddisbury & Weaver Vale Lib Dems

Bunbury By-Election 22nd March 2018


A BIG THANKS TO BUNBURY from Mark Ireland-Jones

‘I would like to thank everyone that helped in anyway in the by-election, your time and efforts were very much appreciated, it was my first foray into elections, I enjoyed it, I am much fitter having walked miles and learnt a huge amount!

Although we didn’t win we took a good share of the vote and both Labour and the Greens had reduced shares compared to last time so we have re-established ourselves as the main challengers to the Conservatives.Our campaign was well received giving us a good base for May 2019!

CON: 53.3% (-16.9)
LDEM: 27.5% (+27.5)
LAB: 14.3% (-3.4)
GRN: 4.8% (-7.2)


Report from Lib Dem North West Region Spring Conference 2018 – Daniela Parker and John Edwards

Excellent performance from the Eddisbury and Weaver Vale team on Saturday 16th March with both Vera and Paul Roberts extremely capably chairing and generally being their usual supportive selves.

Special mention also to Daniela Parker who stole the show with her well practiced and smooth delivery on the leasehold policy motion (with a strong summation from Paul again).Conference endorsed this unanimously.

John Edwards eloquently presented his radical new motion regarding lifting pensioners from poverty, which was also unanimously supported by conference. Thanks also to Ian Priestner for his excellent summation. It was backed by Andrew Haldane who tipped it as having the potential to be passed by Federal conference and put his support behind supporting John and our local party in achieving this goal.

Good to see E&WV members making such an impact on Policy.


Bunbury By-Election UPDATE

Our by-election campaign in Bunbury is going very well. Mark Ireland-Jones and the team have been busy delivering our third Focus leaflet and canvassing across the ward.Many local members, our Councillors and even certain members of the House of Lords have been helping out too. The reception on the doorstep has been very positive indeed. Only 11 days to go !!

Bunbury is a Ward in Cheshire East Council and the by-election takes place on the 22nd March 2018

You can find a copy of the latest Focus Leaflet is HERE

Richard Dawson -EWV LibDems Campaign team



Report on the ALDC Kickstart Weekend (24th to 26th November) : Daniela Parker

Kickstart is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) flagship training event. Held twice a year, it is a residential training course over two days. It includes a training session on all aspects of campaigning as well as team-by-team mentoring to ‘kick-start’ your campaign into action.

Being a relatively new Liberal Democrat, and having only recently decided I may like to stand in the next council elections, I decided that this Kickstart weekend would be a great place to start. I did attend some of the ALDC training sessions and conference and got a lot from them, but they seemed to be aimed towards areas with big local parties, dedicated campaigner bases, and some councillors already in post. Therefore it was the mentoring that I was most looking forward to a kickstart, well that and the political conversation with likeminded individuals.

The mentoring did not disappoint. The Eddisbury and Weaver Vale team (of 4) were mentored by Councillor Heather Kidd. A councillor for Shropshire she was originally elected in 2009 and re-elected with 81% of the vote in 2013, and again in 2017 with 78% of the vote, so we were in very capable hands. Heather discussed with me the issues in my local ward, where I hope to stand, and talked me through some ideas. First and foremost fundraising so that we can start putting out focuses. I came away with a clear idea of what I wanted to do to start my campaign, and with some ideas of how I could do that. In fact, within a couple of hours of getting home, I started getting involved with a local campaign with my local resident’s group. Not for political purposes but because I could see it was the right thing to do, and now I had some ideas of how to take it forward.

Between the 4 of us, we attended as many training sessions as we could, including ‘Focus and Campaign Literature’, “Being an Agent’, ‘Social Media and Online Campaigns’, ‘Fundraising’, ‘Knocking on Doors’ and ‘Community Campaigning’.  For me, all of these training sessions brought new ideas, and tried and tested ideas for effective campaigns. For more experienced campaigners I was told it was reassuring to know they were doing the right thing, picking up new ideas, and an opportunity to discuss theirs with other Lib Dems.

I took an awful lot away from Kickstart that I hope to put into practice in the coming months. However for me, there was one clear highlight, I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Champagne in the raffle which Tim Farron (see picture) very kindly signed for me. He said to me “Make sure you save that to celebrate your first election win”, and I very much hope that I get that opportunity. Kickstart was certainly the first step on that road.

If you are interested in supporting any of our local campaigns please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected]. Alternatively, come and find me at our AGM on 7th December, or at the next Policy in the Pub or Liber-tea events. All of these events will be emailed to you or found on the local Facebook page or in the regular local Newsletter.