Simon says he’s up for it… Is anyone else?

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2006

I’ve just emerged from the conference hall, where Simon Hughes has announced he will be seeking a mandate from Lib Dem members for a second term as party president.

(Though – for my taste – publicly saying he will be “cross” if he doesn’t win was an unnecessarily gauche way of asking us for a second chance.)

Anyway, the gauntlet has been thrown down. The question now is whether anyone will pick it up.

To the best of my knowledge, no forms soliciting signatures for any other potential presidential candidate have been circulating. And time is running out for anyone interested.

The issue for many of us, I guess, is this – is it worth the hassle (and expense) of a contested election, especially if it’s seen as putting the boot into a fundamentally decent man who has endured a torrid year personally, and a disappointing year politically?

My view (for what it’s worth)? Better for Simon to regain some confidence by winning re-election properly, than to hang on by default.

(The current result of the poll on my main website – asking who you think would make the best Lib Dem president – is shown above. Simon is currently in 4th place. But there’s no doubt that the faves of those who’ve voted are Lynne and Paddy.)