Who do you think is the most impressive new Lib Dem MP?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2006

In an homage to (otherwise known as blatantly ripping off) Iain Dale and Mike Ion – both of whom are running polls to find out the most impressive MPs from the 2005 intake among the Tories and Labour respectively – I’m conducting a similar exercise over at my other gaff for the new Lib Dem MPs.

The shortlisted 10, chosen pretty arbitrarily, but displayed alphabetically, are:

  • Jeremy Browne
  • Nick Clegg
  • Lynne Featherstone
  • Julia Goldsworthy
  • John Hemming
  • David Howarth
  • Chris Huhne
  • Susan Kramer
  • Jo Swinson
  • Jenny Willott

Seems like a sure-fire way to lose friends, but anyway…

Chris Huhne has clearly got quickest off the mark, coming from ‘nowhere’ to 2nd place in the leadership contest in under a year. Lynne Featherstone, Julia Goldsworthy and Susan Kramer are all stars, from whom we’ll be hearing much more. Jeremy Browne is the MP I’m probably closest to ideologically.

But it’s hard not to plump for Nick Clegg as the one to watch – he’s got a tough, but high-profile, job as our Shadow Home Secretary, and it’ll make or break his reputation as Leader-in-waiting.

So anyway, get over there, and remember to vote early, vote often. (Actually, you can only vote once, unless you do weird stuff to your cookies. Apparently.)