I suspect like many MPs in various parties that you have to live there to understand it. Don't get me wrong, I like Tim quite a lot but there are other LD MPs that I would see as being just as deserving.
Well, Westmorland is one seat where the Liberals always managed to maintain c.20% even in the dark days of the 50s and were pushing up towards 30% in Westmorland and Lonsdale from the time it was created, even if they didn't come close to winning it until 2001.
"God knows I'm no Tory, and I never set eyes on a Whig yet without feeling the need of a bath..."
Westmorland and Lonsdale has been there or thereabouts for us for decades. It is good territory that Tim and his team have turned into excellent territory.
Has it? I haven't checked the results but I remember it always being a very solid Tory seat. I would have thought it only appeared on the Tory radar screen after 97 when the Tory majority was sharply reduced in line with the national trend, and there was a reasonably-sized third place Labour vote to squeeze (which you have now squeezed down to 2%).
We came second in the predecessor seat, Westmorland, in 1959. It's one of those areas, like Southport, where the Liberals never went away.
Former Lib Dem councillor for Meols Ward (Southport)