Liberal Democrats' Nick Emmerson withdraws from General Election race

Nick Emmerson

Nick Emmerson

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A YORK lawyer has quit his campaign to become an MP for the city at next year’s General Election.

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed Nick Emmerson has resigned as the party’s candidate for the York Outer seat. A replacement is now being chosen less than 18 months before the poll.

No reasons have been given for Mr Emmerson’s decision, which was made at the start of December but has only now been announced.

The North Yorkshire-born partner in an international law firm was selected last February as the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat, which was created at the 2010 election and is currently held by Conservative MP Julian Sturdy.

At the time, Mr Emmerson, who has lived in York for about ten years, said his selection was an honour. The Lib Dems said he was an “experienced local compaigner who is passionate about York”.

Commenting on Mr Emmerson’s resignation, Dean Knapper, spokesman for York Outer Liberal Democrats, said: “I would like to thank Nick for his contribution to our campaign last year.

"We are now well into the process of selecting a new candidate and we look forward to continuing to campaign to elect a Liberal Democrat MP to serve the communities of York Outer in 2015."

 

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8:51am Mon 13 Jan 14

Tom6187 says...

Sensible choice, the Lie Dems are going to get a serious spanking all over the country at the next elections, and they fully deserve it.
Sensible choice, the Lie Dems are going to get a serious spanking all over the country at the next elections, and they fully deserve it. Tom6187
  • Score: 36

10:32am Mon 13 Jan 14

Heslington says...

Tom6187 wrote:
Sensible choice, the Lie Dems are going to get a serious spanking all over the country at the next elections, and they fully deserve it.
Well said. Very sensible. Locally the same muppets still run the Lib Dums as messed it up so badly when running the Council. They need to go.
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: Sensible choice, the Lie Dems are going to get a serious spanking all over the country at the next elections, and they fully deserve it.[/p][/quote]Well said. Very sensible. Locally the same muppets still run the Lib Dums as messed it up so badly when running the Council. They need to go. Heslington
  • Score: 20

10:50am Mon 13 Jan 14

Blythespirit says...

Damage limitation. Why go to the trouble (and expense) of contesting a seat you stand absolutely zero chance of winning? The Lib Dems are going to be annihilated at the next election, thanks to their perfidious leader.
Damage limitation. Why go to the trouble (and expense) of contesting a seat you stand absolutely zero chance of winning? The Lib Dems are going to be annihilated at the next election, thanks to their perfidious leader. Blythespirit
  • Score: 19

12:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ian923 says...

He has obviously realised that an MP's salary and expenses come nowhere near the outlandish amounts solicitors make by charging exorbitant fees.
He has obviously realised that an MP's salary and expenses come nowhere near the outlandish amounts solicitors make by charging exorbitant fees. ian923
  • Score: 10

4:13pm Mon 13 Jan 14

eeoodares says...

ian923 wrote:
He has obviously realised that an MP's salary and expenses come nowhere near the outlandish amounts solicitors make by charging exorbitant fees.
Crack on to Uni, get your degree, professional qualifications follow, find a training contract for next to nothing and then work your way up...you to could earn 'money for nothing' within a decade! Or become a plumber...
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: He has obviously realised that an MP's salary and expenses come nowhere near the outlandish amounts solicitors make by charging exorbitant fees.[/p][/quote]Crack on to Uni, get your degree, professional qualifications follow, find a training contract for next to nothing and then work your way up...you to could earn 'money for nothing' within a decade! Or become a plumber... eeoodares
  • Score: -6

5:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

So a man I don't remember is withdrawing from an election he cannot win.
Gee, that's newsworthy.

But then if you live in the Outer York doughnut, and think the Conservatives are not really the people for the job, your vote may as well be written on toilet paper anyway.

I wouldn't mind quite so much if I didn't live in York, not in the rural outer hinterland who I have so little in common with! But someone redrew the boundaries with no regard to local residents/population density & location, I feel!
So a man I don't remember is withdrawing from an election he cannot win. Gee, that's newsworthy. But then if you live in the Outer York doughnut, and think the Conservatives are not really the people for the job, your vote may as well be written on toilet paper anyway. I wouldn't mind quite so much if I didn't live in York, not in the rural outer hinterland who I have so little in common with! But someone redrew the boundaries with no regard to local residents/population density & location, I feel! MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: -2

7:27pm Mon 13 Jan 14

old_selebian says...

He's got form!
It's the second time this fella has quit an election race. Mr Emerson was picked as the lib dem for Selby in 2010 and then bottled out before some other hapless candidate got a pasting. I think he should stick to the honourable profession of soliciting.
He's got form! It's the second time this fella has quit an election race. Mr Emerson was picked as the lib dem for Selby in 2010 and then bottled out before some other hapless candidate got a pasting. I think he should stick to the honourable profession of soliciting. old_selebian
  • Score: 0

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