Members of the public who believe Lib Dem MPs behaved worst over expenses? ZERO PER CENT

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

PoliticsHome (yes, I’m still reading it, despite everything) published an interesting poll today, taking the temperature of public opinion on MPs’ expenses, post-Legg:
… [the poll] suggests that more than half the population believes the recommendations were ‘not tough enough’, 57% have ‘no sympathy whatsoever’ and 60% are as interested in the story as they ever […]

The LDV Friday Five (ish): 16/10/09

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

What could be simpler: five categories, each with five links. And it’s Friday.
5 most-read stories on LDV this week
1. Opinion: A Cooperative Coalition (111) by Sara Scarlett
2. Lib Dem MPs: what the Legg letters said (10) by Stephen Tall
3. Heath and Burstow table urgent Commons questions about Guardian injunction #Trafigura #CarterRuck (6) […]

Bedford Mayoral Election … Lib Dems’ Dave Hogdson WINS!

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

Result just in …
First preferences:
Lib Dem 9428
Con 9105
Indy 7631
Indy 4316
Lab 3482
Green 1183
After second preferences:
Lib Dem 13352
Conservative 11543
Turnout: 30%
Many congratulations to Dave Hodgson and his team on a fantastic victory!
Update: Nick Clegg has issued his congratulations …

This is a sensational victory for Dave Hodgson and I congratulate him and the Bedford Liberal Democrats […]

Bedford mayoral election … Lib Dems’ Dave Hodgson ahead on 1st preferences

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

Yesterday saw voting in Bedford for the new elected mayor, with the Lib Dems’ Dave Hodgson the bookies’ favourite. Counting started this morning, and we’ll be reporting the result as soon as we receive it. Alternatively, you can do what we’re doing and follow the Twitter stream …
The good news so far is that Dave […]

David Owen: Lib Dems should “campaign for a role in a government of national unity”

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

To be a fair, a former Labour minister, ex-SDP leader and Tory voter is probably the natural person to advocate a national unity government – and that’s exactly what David Owen has done today in an article in The Times:
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, and his deputy, Vince Cable, need to position themselves as […]