A two-horse race for the party presidency?

by Stephen Tall on September 10, 2006

‘Hughes certain to be challenged for party Presidency’ is the tantalising rumour posted on the excellent new Liberal Democrat Voice website:

… weeks before the position had been advertised in Lib Dem News, party officials in Cowley Street received a call requesting a copy of the nomination papers for party President – the caller was not acting on behalf of Simon Hughes. Word also reaches us that one potential candidate is positioning himself to blitz Autumn Conference with an army of supporters bearing nomination papers, to seize the momentum.

LDV is running a poll asking ‘Who should be the next President of the Liberal Democrats?’ It includes three names I omitted from the poll I’m running on my site here: Julia Goldsworthy, Charles Kennedy and Sarah Teather. (And excludes – or perhaps I should say, doesn’t include – Lembit Öpik, Jo Swinson, Shirley Williams and Jenny Willott.)

You can see the latest snapshot from my poll on the right.

Currently it looks like it’s a two-horse race between Paddy Ashdown and Lynne Featherstone, though Jo Swinson, Jenny Willott and Susan Kramer are all in double figures.

If you want to try and change things (and haven’t yet voted), the poll is still live.