Peterborough by-election - national newspaper columnist lends support for SDP candidate at party conference

The SDP held its national conference in Peterborough yesterday (Sunday) ahead of the by-election in the city on Thursday.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 2:59 pm

Among those attending at the Great Northern Hotel were Suzanne Evans, a former leading member of UKIP, and national newspaper columnist Rod Liddle who used to edit the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

Mr Liddle, who is a regular writer for The Sun, Sunday Times and the Spectator, said: “Patrick O’Flynn is the established Brexit campaigner in this contest.

“Thanks to him people can vote for a pro-Brexit party that also wants to invest more in the public services like the NHS, schools and the police.”

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SDP Spring Conference at the Great Northern Hotel.   William Clouston (leader),  Suzanne Evans, Rod Liddle and  Patrick O'Flynn EMN-190206-182834009
SDP Spring Conference at the Great Northern Hotel. William Clouston (leader), Suzanne Evans, Rod Liddle and Patrick O'Flynn EMN-190206-182834009

Mr O’Flynn is one of 15 candidates contesting the Peterborough seat following the recall of former MP Fiona Onasanya by constituents after she was jailed for lying over a speeding ticket.

SDP Spring Conference at the Great Northern Hotel. Speaker Richard Plackett EMN-190206-182812009
SDP Spring Conference at the Great Northern Hotel. Speaker Richard Plackett EMN-190206-182823009
SDP Spring Conference at the Great Northern Hotel. Speaker Suzanne Evans EMN-190206-182845009