Sajjad Karim defects to Tories

by Stephen Tall on November 26, 2007

That’s the story Sky News is carrying this morning, with an interview from Saj himself. Alex Wilcock notes here that he had just been re-selected as a Lib Dem candidate for the European Parliament in the north-west – he finished (…)

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Sarah Teather re-selected

by Stephen Tall on November 26, 2007

Congratulations to Sarah Teather MP, who was unanimously re-selected on Sunday night as the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Brent Central at the next General Election. Enjoy reading this? Please like and share:

Lib Dem membership: who will reverse the decline?

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2007

Mark Littlewood’s latest ‘diary’ for the BBC’s Politics Show highlights one of the less welcome stats exposed by the current leadership contest: The number of ballot papers issued – less than 65,000 – shows the party has lost more than (…)

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Peter Riddell: "the contest is tightening"

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2007

Thank goodness for Peter Riddell, the senior Times political columnist, and one of the few (only?) newspaper journalists who is both watching the Lib Dem leadership contest, and reporting it intelligently. His latest analysis appeared yesterday – do read it (…)

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How close is the Lib Dem leadership race?

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2007

The short answer is: no-one knows.* And don’t expect to become any the wiser today as a result of The Guardian’s ‘sample of members’, despite the paper’s assertions of its significance. The Guardian asked c.200 of the 300 Lib Dem (…)

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BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel is one of the panellists on tonight’s edition of Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT). He’ll be alongside Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Scottish Labour leader (…)

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Are you on your way to the Forum?

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

Don’t forget, if you’re a party member you can register for the Lib Dem Voice members’ forum – in which case you get to read and post on a rich variety of topics which don’t always make it into the (…)

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Oaten: I might quit early

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

Ten years after his sensational 1997 election victory over Tory Gerry Malone was confirmed by a landslide by-election, Mark Oaten has said he might quit politics before the next election if a too-good-to-refuse job offer comes along. Speaking to the (…)

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In the eye of the beholder

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

The two Lib Dem leadership candidates could be found last night in Cambridge, husting for the top job. Sal Brinton’s account can be found at Lib Dems for Chris; Linda Jack’s take is over at her Lindyloo’s Muze blog. Enjoy (…)

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How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

By popular request, here’s the current list of which Lib Dem MPs have declared for which leadership candidate so far. (Originally compiled with the help of Jonathan Isaby of The Daily Telegraph.) The list shows that Nick has attracted two (…)

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