It’s been a bloody awful three years. Politics dominated by the psychodrama in the Conservative Party over Europe and the splits in a Labour Party which refuses to declare whether it is for Brexit or Remain.
Finally, the sun shows a willingness to break through the storm clouds of British politics. A strong vote for us with a high turnout could see us beat the Brexit Party.
This whole campaign has been an absolute joy. We’ve had the clearest message – vote Lib Dems to stop Brexit – with its fruitier alternative, Bollocks to Brexit – and we have been able, for the first time in years, to approach doorsteps with confidence. It’s been such a good feeling. People have spontaneously told us that they are voting for us and you can see in their eyes that they are pleased about it.
All of you who have been involved in the campaign have played an absolute blinder. Our candidates have been energetic and spirited. In Scotland, Sheila Ritchie has travelled thousands of miles and led campaigning in paces where we haven’t been seen for years. She so deserves to win.
It’s been an exhausting campaign, coming for many people on the heels of the local elections.
Today is about turning good polls and good canvassing into MEPs. It’s about getting people out to vote. It’ll be knackering, but at least at 10 we can go to bed and don’t have to pull an all nighter at the count.
We can be very proud of what we’ve done over the past three years. Let’s work hard today to deliver the beginning of the end of Brexit.
* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings