Lib Dem shadow cabinet media tarts, #ldconf special

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2009

Donning the hat of his day-job, LDV’s Dr Mark Pack has been busy number-crunching to discover which of the Lib Dem shadow cabinet attracted most media coverage, in print and online. (Of course, column inches is no guarantee that the coverage will have been altogether positive).

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Clegg
2. Vince Cable
3. Chris Huhne
4. Steve Webb
5. Danny Alexander
6. Edward Davey
7. Sarah Teather
8. Tim Farron
9. Julia Goldsworthy
10. Alistair Carmichael
11. Norman Baker
12. David Laws
13. Lynne Featherstone
14. David Howarth
15. Norman Lamb

Here’s Dr Pack’s commentary:

There are no surprises in the top three, except perhaps that Nick Clegg secured the top slot by a wide margin over Vince Cable. Norman Baker, normally a star coverage getter, had a fairly quiet week whilst David Howarth, usually quiet on the media front, had a particularly good week. The other ‘surprise’ entry in the list is for Alistair Carmichael, whilst notably missing from the list is Simon Hughes – never normally one to knowingly walk by a journalist without offering a quote.

PS: last Sunday, Lib Dem Voice published the shadow cabinet rankings as voted by LDV-reading party members. Click here to find out who was top and who was, erm, bottom.