by Stephen Tall on September 2, 2008
As trailed by Lib Dem Voice last week (but missed by us yesterday: sorry) the I’m4Ros site has gone live today – you can find it here. We will, of course, cover the party president campaign launches of any other candidates as they occur. Or should that be if they occur. As yet, there’s no sign of a campaign from other touted candidates.
If there is no contest, and Ros wins nem con, it will see the continuation of a relatively recent tradition of acclaiming rather than electing our party presidents. In each of the first four presidential ballots of the post-merger Lib Dems, in 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994, there was a contested election: the winners were, respectivaly, Ian Wrigglesworth, Charles Kennedy twice, and Bob Maclennan. But since then the post has been contested only once, in 2004, when Simon Hughes bested Lembit Opik.
Nominations of course opened only yesterday, 1st September, so there’s still plenty of time for other candidates to step forward.