Orpington – 50 years on

That’s Eric Lubbock winning the Orpington by-election 50 years ago today when the Liberals had just 7 MPs. His win, like other great Liberal and Liberal Democrat by-election, caused shock waves.

And what became of the victor? He’s now Baron Avebury, fighting for human rights in the House of Lords. Eric has been fantastically helpful over the years to women detained in Yarl’s Wood who have been prevented or obstructed from breastfeeding their babies. For that, he’s definitely one of my heroes.He blogs, too, about political and personal stuff here.

15th March seems to be a very propitious kind of day. Seven years ago, my friend randomly went into a shop and met her future husband. Twelve years ago, we moved back up to Scotland…..


About caronlindsay

Scottish Lib Dem pro UK activist, mum, Doctor Who, Strictly, F1 and trashy tv addict and blogger.
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3 Responses to Orpington – 50 years on

  1. Munguin says:

    What a long way the Lib Dems have come in fifty years. Now you only have five MSPs instead of the fifteen you used to have. Oops going the wrong way aren’t you?

    Let’s hope there is not a by election for you to lose anytime soon. What is the deposit these days by the way?


  2. Barney says:


    I see that you have joined most of the Liberal blogs in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Eric Lubbock's victory (which I celebrated). Sorry, I find it cringeworthy and embarrassing.

    Liberals (LibDems) are now in government! Liberals should be looking to the future, not the past.


  3. Adrian Cruden says:

    Great days indeed, a long time ago. But however stunning his achievement then, has he ever explained his reason for leaving his mortal remain to Battersea Dogs Home for mutt meat? I never quite got that one…


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