The Importance of Local Parties and Incumbency to the Electoral Prospects of the Liberal Democrats
Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2014
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Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 201–212, October 2014
How to Cite
Johnson, C. (2014), The Importance of Local Parties and Incumbency to the Electoral Prospects of the Liberal Democrats. Politics, 34: 201–212. doi: 10.1111/1467-9256.12049
- Issue online: 10 SEP 2014
- Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2014
- Economic and Social Research Council. Grant Number: ES/J500082/1
- Liberal Democrats;
- local parties;
It has been argued, based upon national polling and mid-term election results, that Britain's Liberal Democrats will lose a substantial number of seats at the next general election. However, such argument is in danger of underestimating the unique importance of strong local party organisation and incumbency to the Liberal Democrats as a platform for subsequent general electoral success. This article examines the changing income, expenditure and membership of the party's strongest local constituency associations since 2010, and concludes with a short assessment of the possible implications for the Liberal Democrats at the next election and beyond.