General Election 2019 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We receive a lot of enquiries about how residents can register to vote, about how to contact Daisy or get involved in her campaign, and about the way we contact voters. Please take a look through our FAQs and if your question isn’t answered, please do contact us.


REGISTER TO VOTE IN PERSON, BY POST OR BY PROXY

Q: How do I register to vote?

A: The deadline for registration in time for the General Election is 26 November.

You can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Or contact the Electoral Services team St Albans City & District Council on 01727 819294 or email elections@stalbans.gov.uk to request a paper registration form. Further info can be found on the St Albans & District Council website:

https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voting/

 

Q: How do I apply for a postal vote?

A: The deadline for registration for a new postal vote for the General Election is 26 November.

Details can be found on the Electoral Commission website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote/voting-post

And on the St Albans & District Council website:

https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voting/

 

Q: How do I (or how does someone I know) apply for a proxy vote?

A: You need to apply by 5pm on 4 December to vote by proxy in the General Election in England, Scotland or Wales. Apply for a proxy vote using a paper form. You need to send it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms

 

Q: What are the deadlines?

A: These are the deadlines for the 2019 General Election:

  • 26 Novemberdeadline for applications to be received to register to vote
  • 26 November (5pm) – deadline for applications to be received for new postal votes, new proxy postals and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes
  • 4 December (5pm) – deadline for applications to be received to vote by proxy (where someone else votes for you)

 

 

SUPPORTING DAISY’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN

 

Q: How do I contact Daisy Cooper?

A: email daisy@daisycooper.org.uk

 

Q: Can I support Daisy’s campaign with a donation?

A: All donations gratefully received. We’re looking to raise £25,000 for this campaign.

Donate here: https://ldstalbans.nationbuilder.com/fighting_fund

 

Q: Can I follow Daisy’s election campaign on social media?

A: Yes, you can follow her on:

  • Facebook – facebook.com/libdemdaisy
  • Twitter – @libdemdaisy
  • Instagram – daisycooperstalbans

 

Q: How do I become a member of the Liberal Democrats?
A:
You can join us today from just £1 a month.

https://libdems.secure.force.com/LiberalDemocrats/NewMemberLocal

 

Q: Can I help by delivering leaflets?

A: Yes, please! You can volunteer through the St Albans Lib Dem website:

http://www.stalbanslibdems.org.uk/volunteer

 

Q: Does delivering leaflets make a difference to the Lib Dem campaign?

A: Most definitely. Printed campaign publicity reaches nearly half the public (49%), second only to news programmes on TV or radio (69%), according to a study by the Hansard Society after the 2017 election. In addition, we know that in homes with multiple residents, not everyone will see every leaflet.

 

Q: Do you ensure minimal harm is done to the environment in the production of your election literature and leaflets?

A: All of our suppliers use certified sustainable sources for their paper. Where possible, we print on an uncoated finish to avoid the use of single-use plastic.

 

Q: Are there other ways I can support Daisy’s campaign, such as putting up a poster?

A: There are many ways, including phoning voters, helping on polling day, and putting up a poster in your window. Sign up to help at: http://www.stalbanslibdems.org.uk/volunteer

 

Q: Can I put up a ‘Vote Liberal Democrat’ garden poster on my property?

A: Yes, please. We’d like to see hundreds all over St Albans.

Let us know at: https://libdemposters.typeform.com/to/AL8ifi

 

Q: How do I opt out of receiving phone calls or mail in the post from the Liberal Democrats?

A: All our communications detail how you can stop receiving them. You can either follow those instructions (such as using the unsubscribe link in an email or telling a telephone caller), or visit libdems.org.uk/optout, or ask us directly using the contact details below. If you do the latter, please provide us with full details of the telephone numbers, postal addresses, email addresses and so on to which you wish us to stop sending communications.

Under data protection rules you can only opt-out of addressed mailings but will still receive unaddressed leaflets. (You may also receive an addressed ‘election communication’ from us and other parties through the Royal Mail. This is called the ‘Freepost’ and is not subject to usual GDPR rules.

Liberal Democrats
8-10 Great George Street
London
SW1P 3AE
Tel: 020 7222 7999
Email: data.protection@libdems.org.uk

 

 

MORE ABOUT DAISY

 

Q: What makes you think Liberal Democrat candidate Daisy Cooper will win St Albans?

A: Daisy is a real local champion, well-known and well-liked throughout the constituency. She is in a strong second place to the incumbent Conservative MP and is part of the strong local Lib Dem team that took control of the St Albans City and District Council in May. National party membership is at an all-time high and MPs from both Labour and Conservatives are crossing the floor to join the Liberal Democrats.

 

Q: Why are people from other parties switching to the Liberal Democrats?

A: Because of our values. People are realising they share our liberal, open, internationalist outlook. If you want to join us too, sign up here.

 

Q: Why should I vote Liberal Democrat?

A: We are the biggest and strongest Remain party. If you’ve voted Labour before you’ll understand the frustration many former supporters feel at the lack of leadership over Brexit. And if you’ve voted Conservative you may worry, like the respected former Chancellor Ken Clarke, that the party has shifted too far to the right and no longer welcomes moderate one-nation Tories.

 

Q: How do I know that by voting Lib Dem I won’t split the vote and let the Tory back in?

A: In the 2017 snap General Election, Daisy Cooper surged into second place with a 14 per cent increase in the share of the vote. She is now the ​only serious​ challenger to the current Conservative Brexiter MP for St Albans (where 63% voted to remain in the referendum).

 

Q: What does Daisy Cooper stand for?
A:
As a Liberal Democrat, Daisy is pro-internationalism, pro-environment, pro-business and pro-social justice.

 

Q: What are Daisy’s top priorities?

  • Stopping Brexit – to rescue the country from national humiliation and a loss of influence in the world
  • Tackling the Climate Emergency – to save the planet for our children
  • Funding public services – to revitalise our schools, NHS and social care system.

 

Q: Does Daisy Cooper live in St Albans?

Yes. Daisy lives in the heart of the city with her husband and is a daily commuter on Thameslink. She’s often seen in local cafes or shopping in the market, and is known locally for her work to reform the business rates system which has​ hit some local firms hard. She is also campaigning for urgent climate action, to reverse school cuts and for a ring-fenced increase of 1p in income ​tax to fund our NHS and social care services.

 

Q: What does Daisy do for a living?

A: Most recently, Daisy was the Campaigns Director for More United, which supports MPs from different parties to work together. Previously she was engaged in international affairs for 10 years, campaigning for LGBT+ rights abroad and against human rights violations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and for press reform.

 

 

NATIONAL POLICY

Q: Why have you agreed to hold a General Election?

A: The EU has agreed to offer a three-month extension until 31 January, which takes a dangerous no-deal Brexit off the table until that date, and gives the public possibly the only chance it has to have a say on Boris Johnson’s disastrous deal.

We need to get Boris Johnson out of office, end the gridlock in Parliament and give people the chance to vote to stay in the EU.

 

Q: Why have you abandoned a People’s Vote for a General Election?

A: We haven’t, but there weren’t the numbers in the last Parliament to hold one. We are still in favour of a People’s Vote on the final deal, with the option to remain. Liberal Democrats have led the campaign from the start, and many of our supporters in St Albans have joined the million people on the London marches. In Parliament our party has tabled 17 amendments calling for a People’s Vote and voted for one at every opportunity. This General Election gives voters the opportunity to return more remain-supporting MPs to make a confirmatory referendum possible. 

 

Q: Do the Lib Dems really think they can win a majority or is it just political posturing?

A: We think everything’s to play for. According to the British Election Study, between 35-45% of all voters switched parties at each of the past two elections – making them among the most volatile ever. This General Election will be the same, if not more so. Meanwhile our fortunes as a party have changed radically in recent months – electing more MEPs than Labour and Conservatives combined – as more people realise that we offer a clear choice to stop a disastrous Brexit and build a brighter future, with our leader Jo Swinson who is ready to become our next Prime Minister.

 

Q: Isn’t your pledge to revoke Article 50 undemocratic? A snub to 17.4 million voters?

A: If we secure a democratic mandate in the General Election for a majority Liberal Democrat government then we will revoke Article 50 – but we will continue to lead calls for a People’s Vote in every other circumstance. In that case we will step forward to lead the campaign to remain in the EU. We will give a voice to the millions of British people who wish to retain the close links with our European neighbours, including the thousands of young people who will be affected the most but who have not yet had a say on the Brexit question.

Interestingly, prominent Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg once proposed the principle of a two-stage referendum, and just last year even Nigel Farage said he was ‘coming around to the idea’. 

 

Q: Why when the nation voted to leave the European Union do Liberal Democrats continue to campaign to remain?

A: There is no deal is as good as the deal we have currently as members of the EU. That’s why the Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

 

Q: Why do Liberal Democrats want to reject Boris Johnson’s deal when so many people are tired of Brexit and want to leave the EU without delay?

A: The PM has only negotiated the terms of how we might leave – he hasn’t even started negotiating the future trading arrangements, which could take another 5 to 10 years to complete. Any form of Brexit will drag on for years to come.

In addition, Johnson’s ‘deal’ is worse than the last one:

  • Workers’ rights and environmental standards are at risk – they've been removed from the only binding part of the document (the withdrawal agreement) with only references left in the aspirational-only political declaration, and...
  • It could lead to the break-up of the UK. The deal’s customs rules separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the country (which may also revive paramilitary activity) and adds fuel to demands for Scottish independence.
  • It paves the way for a dangerous no-deal Brexit at the end of next year, if the next Government fails to negotiate a trade deal in time. Conservative Ministers have refused to extend the transition period to allow us time to do this.
  • The National Institute of Economic and Social Research has found that Boris Johnson's Brexit deal will leave the UK £70 billion worse off than if we had remained in the EU.

The Tories' obsession with Brexit at any cost puts our future prosperity at risk. It is unconscionable that any government would voluntarily adopt a policy that would damage our economy and jobs for years to come. Boris Johnson’s eagerness to push for such a damaging deal is shocking.

Johnson’s deal is bad for the country and harms our future. It will damage our economy, undermine the NHS and public services, could strip us of vital workers’ rights, and undermine environmental standards.

 

Q: Why did the Lib Dems abstain on Labour’s recent amendment to “stop the privatisation of the NHS”?

A: Liberal Democrats are absolutely committed to protecting and investing in our NHS. Indeed, one of our flagship policies is to introduce a 1p income tax rise, which we would ring-fence to properly fund our NHS, social care and mental health services.

There was some good stuff in the Labour amendment so we didn’t want to vote against it, but it was political point-scoring. The amendment tried to repeal an entire Act without any proposals on what to replace it with, so by default the Labour amendment would have led to wholesale top-down reform, which nobody in the NHS wants. So Lib Dems couldn’t vote for it either.

The NHS shouldn’t be used as a political football in this way and we suspect it was a way of changing the subject after some 19 Labour MPs voted for Johnson’s Brexit the day before. This independent fact-checking article should also help:

https://fullfact.org/health/liberal-democrat-nhs-privatisation/

 

Q: Is it true that Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson’s husband benefits from EU funds and this is the main reason she is against Brexit?

A: Absolutely not. Jo and her husband Duncan Hames were targets of a misleading story that went viral on Facebook in the first days of the General Election. According to the BBC Monitoring Disinformation team, it has been posted to at least 248 groups and pages, and received 47,000 likes, shares or comments, with a potential audience of 1.5 million. It is fake news. Discover the truth at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-50160148.