LDV members' survey (6): what you think of the Lib Dem shadow cabinet and other leading Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2008

Over the last week or two, Lib Dem Voice has invited the members of our private forum (open to all Lib Dem members) inviting them to take part in a survey, conducted via Liberty Research, asking a number of questions about the party and the current state of British politics. Many thanks to the 210+ of you who completed it; we’ve been publishing the results on LDV over the past week.

Today we turn our attention to the performance of the Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet. And little did I know when I prepared this for publication quite how topical the subject would be, with well-sourced rumours of an imminent reshuffle! For the record, Steve Webb, Chris Huhne, Julia Goldsworthy and David Laws (all mentioned by name in yesterday’s Mirror story) are all rated positively by LDV-reading party members.

Reproduced below are the full results of our survey, which shows how effective each MP is felt by members to be, together with a net satisfaction rating (those who think they’re very/fairly effective minus those think they’re very/fairly ineffective). The list is a long one, so here’s the skinny…

First of all, who’s at the top of the charts…

Top 5:
Vince Cable: +94%
Chris Huhne: +67%
Norman Baker: +64%
Lynne Featherstone: +57%
Norman Lamb +45%

Then we have the ones who, erm, aren’t at the top of the charts…

Bottom 5:
Edward Davey -6%
Stephen Williams: -16%
Roger Williams: -18%
Nick Harvey: -18%
Michael Moore: -26%

And then let’s look at those who have increased their ratings most over the past month…

5 highest climbers:
Lynne Featherstone +27%
Sarah Teather +25%
Willie Rennie +16%
Norman Lamb +15%
Simon Hughes +14%

Finally, for the first time this month, we asked about other leading Lib Dem figures outside the shadow cabinet – here’s your net satisfaction rating for each of them:

Ros Scott, Party President-elect of the Liberal Democrats +52%
Tavish Scott MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats +16%
Mike German AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats -25%
Andrew Duff, Leader of the UK Lib Dem MEPs -6%
Mike Tuffrey, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly -21%

Full results follow:

Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet:

Alistair Carmichael, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland
Very / quite effective = 21%
Very / quite ineffective = 22%
Don’t know / No opinion = 57%
Net satisfaction = -1% (–)

Chris Huhne, Shadow Home Secretary, and Shadow Secretary for Justice
Very / quite effective = 81%
Very / quite ineffective = 14%
Don’t know / No opinion = 5%
Net satisfaction = +67% (-11%)

Danny Alexander, Chair of the Manifesto Group
Very / quite effective = 36%
Very / quite ineffective = 25%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = +11% (+8%)

David Howarth, Shadow Solicitor General
Very / quite effective = 34%
Very / quite ineffective = 17%
Don’t know / No opinion = 48%
Net satisfaction = +17% (-5%)

David Laws, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Very / quite effective = 46%
Very / quite ineffective = 26%
Don’t know / No opinion = 27%
Net satisfaction = +20% (-10%)

Don Foster, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, and Olympics
Very / quite effective = 31%
Very / quite ineffective = 34%
Don’t know / No opinion = 35%
Net satisfaction = -3% (+8%)

Edward Davey, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications
Very / quite effective = 34%
Very / quite ineffective = 40%
Don’t know / No opinion = 25%
Net satisfaction = -6% (-15%)

Jenny Willott, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Very / quite effective = 34%
Very / quite ineffective = 27%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = +7% (-3%)

Jeremy Browne, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Very / quite effective = 28%
Very / quite ineffective = 31%
Don’t know / No opinion = 41%
Net satisfaction = -3% (n/c)

John Thurso, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Very / quite effective = 26%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 45%
Net satisfaction = -3% (–)

Julia Goldsworthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Very / quite effective = 55%
Very / quite ineffective = 21%
Don’t know / No opinion = 45%
Net satisfaction = +34% (+6%)

Lord McNally, Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords
Very / quite effective = 45%
Very / quite ineffective = 24%
Don’t know / No opinion = 31%
Net satisfaction = +19% (+10%)

Lynne Featherstone, Spokesperson for Youth and Equality
Very / quite effective = 69%
Very / quite ineffective = 12%
Don’t know / No opinion = 19%
Net satisfaction = +57% (+27%)

Michael Moore, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Very / quite effective = 16%
Very / quite ineffective = 42%
Don’t know / No opinion = 42%
Net satisfaction = -26% (+6%)

Nick Harvey, Shadow Defence Secretary
Very / quite effective = 22%
Very / quite ineffective = 40%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = -18% (-2%)

Norman Baker, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Very / quite effective = 71%
Very / quite ineffective = 7%
Don’t know / No opinion = 21%
Net satisfaction = +64% (+6%)

Norman Lamb, Shadow Health Secretary
Very / quite effective = 65%
Very / quite ineffective = 20%
Don’t know / No opinion = 25%
Net satisfaction = +45% (+15%)

Paul Burstow, Chief Whip
Very / quite effective = 24%
Very / quite ineffective = 27%
Don’t know / No opinion = 49%
Net satisfaction = -3% (-2%)

Roger Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Very / quite effective = 11%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 59%
Net satisfaction = -18% (+3%)

Sarah Teather, Shadow Minister for Housing
Very / quite effective = 34%
Very / quite ineffective = 35%
Don’t know / No opinion = 31%
Net satisfaction = -1% (+24%)

Simon Hughes, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and Party President
Very / quite effective = 56%
Very / quite ineffective = 31%
Don’t know / No opinion = 14%
Net satisfaction = +25% (+14%)

Stephen Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Very / quite effective = 21%
Very / quite ineffective = 37%
Don’t know / No opinion = 42%
Net satisfaction = -16% (n/c)

Steve Webb, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Energy
Very / quite effective = 56%
Very / quite ineffective = 17%
Don’t know / No opinion = 26%
Net satisfaction = +39% (+12%)

Susan Kramer, Families Spokesperson, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Very / quite effective = 40%
Very / quite ineffective = 25%
Don’t know / No opinion = 35%
Net satisfaction = +15% (+1%)

Tim Farron, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Very / quite effective = 42%
Very / quite ineffective = 19%
Don’t know / No opinion = 40%
Net satisfaction = +23% (–)

Vince Cable, Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor
Very / quite effective = 96%
Very / quite ineffective = 2%
Don’t know / No opinion = 2%
Net satisfaction = +94% (-1%)

Willie Rennie, Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns
Very / quite effective = 31%
Very / quite ineffective = 26%
Don’t know / No opinion = 43%
Net satisfaction = +5% (+16%)

Other leading Lib Dems:

Andrew Duff, Leader of the UK Lib Dem MEPs
Very / quite effective = 25%
Very / quite ineffective = 31%
Don’t know / No opinion = 45%
Net satisfaction = -6% (–)

Mike German AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
Very / quite effective = 14%
Very / quite ineffective = 39%
Don’t know / No opinion = 48%
Net satisfaction = -25% (–)

Mike Tuffrey, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly
Very / quite effective = 14%
Very / quite ineffective = 35%
Don’t know / No opinion = 50%
Net satisfaction = -21% (–)

Ros Scott, Party President-elect of the Liberal Democrats
Very / quite effective = 60%
Very / quite ineffective = 8%
Don’t know / No opinion = 32%
Net satisfaction = +52% (–)

Tavish Scott MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
Very / quite effective = 33%
Very / quite ineffective = 17%
Don’t know / No opinion = 50%
Net satisfaction = +16% (–)


You can catch up on the result of all previous LDV members’ surveys by clicking here.