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Rising from local to national campaigner - winning!

David is an innovative campaigner with a proven track record of winning support, driving campaigns and energising communities both locally and nationally.

David met local residents outside Belsize Park station

David talking to local Belsize residents about NHS and care services

Winning support

David has run for Parliament twice, the last time in Lewisham East where he achieved a swing against Labour and the Conservatives

  • In 1997, fighting Labour in Lewisham East, he maintained the LibDem's share of the vote despite a Labour landslide victory
  • In 2001, fighting Labour, again in Lewisham East, he increased the parties vote by 5.2% with gains from Labour and the Tories
  • From 1997, David and his team fought hard to increase the number of councillors in Lewisham from 3 to 17 by 2006.
  • In 2010, Liberal Democrats came second at the General Election from a poor third place in 1997.
  • David's policy in 1997 of keeping to an agreed strategy led to more votes, more support, more helpers and more new members.
David will set out and then lead a clear campaign for Hampstead and Kilburn, working with members, activists, councillors and supporters to win more local support and gain more council seats in 2014 and build towards victory in the General Election in 2015.

Winning campaigns

David is an experienced single-issue campaigner.

Among his successful campaigns:

  • "Free Ian Stillman" national campaign. Ian was falsely imprisoned in India. Fair Trials International said it was "one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever". David successfully lobbied the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and other MP's, achieving success within two years.
  • British Sign Language national marches in Westminster, pressuring the government to recognize BSL as a language in its own right. Success in three years.
  • Lobbied Ministers and senior MP's for 18 years to improve access for disabled candidates. The Coalition Government agreed to set up a new Fund.
  • Lobbied MP's and Peers for two years to put pressure on Access to Work to provide support to disabled councillors.
  • Led a local campaign for demolition of a water tower for 3 years until the developers bowed to pressure and got rid of the tower. Many local residents praised David's dedicated campaign.
  • Led a local campaign for 2 years to get the council to demolish the unsafe, derelict Sefton Arms pub in the middle of the community. The site will now be used for new housing.

David will work with local councillors and activists across the diverse constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn to raise public awareness of community issues and concerns.

David led the protest outside the Indian Commission

David leading the successful campaign for a fair trial of Ian Stillman in India

Building winning teams

David has a great record of building and energising local communities:

His motto: "build organic, not a machine"

  • In Epsom & Ewell he dramatically increased the teams of helpers and deliverers in a strong Labour held ward, He fought hard to campaign and win a council seat. He won the seat in 2007 by 70 votes.
  • He set up a popular local Residents Association for 450 homes, organising community fun days and public meetings.
  • David set up Surrey Deaf Forum to bring local deaf residents together, empowering them to influence the key decision makers. The group grew from 12 to over 100 deaf residents.

David will work with the local party and councillors group to set up "Victory 2014" and "Victory 2015" teams to raise the Liberal Democrats profile and campaigning presence across all communities, winning more support and votes


David talking on the doorstep about education and jobs for young people

David and local business owner - West Hampstead

Winning against Labour and Conservative

You may say fighting and winning against Labour in urban areas of Southwark and Lewisham is not the same as fighting and winning against the Tories in rural Surrey.

David says "I speak from experience: I've done both"

To win, it's essential we show how Labour's action locally doesn't match their rhetoric nationally. We will show how Labour are failing the people of Hampstead and Kilburn.

A failure to deliver by both Labour and the Tories is our most powerful weapon and the reason why the Liberal Democrats must stay in government