The LDV Election Night Live-Blog: 12 midnight – 1.30 pm

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

1.25 am
Disappointing result for the Tories in Vale of Clwyd, where they fail to gain from Labour with a swing of only 3.6%. Intriguing results in Wales: Plaid failed to gain Ynes Mon from Labour, but did take Arfon.
Hearing of Lib Dem holds in Yeovil (David Laws) and NE Fife (Ming Campbell) – but Labour […]

The LDV Election Night Live-Blog: 10.30 pm – 12 midnight

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

11.55 pm
The BBC has – belatedly – recognised the story that’s been staring them in the face … thousands of voters disenfranchised:
Hundreds of voters across the country have been turned away from polling stations as long queues formed ahead of the 2200 BST voting deadline.
Turnout was predicted to be higher than recent elections, including 2005.
There […]

The LDV Election Night Live-Blog: 9.30 – 10.30 pm

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

I’ll be providing running commentary throughout the night. First off, a reminder of how you can follow our coverage and help contribute to it:
Our best source of information about how the Lib Dems are faring up and down the country will be you, our readers. Please let us have your latest titbits and tips no […]

The Lib Dem 2010 general election campaign: punching above our weight

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

Much of the focus, understandably enough, has been on Nick Clegg’s TV debates performances boosting the party’s standing. But actually that’s not what has most impressed me about the Lib Dem campaign: it’s been the disciplined professionalism shown by Lib Dem HQ.
Let’s start off with the two key campaign themes … Change that works […]

One last polling prediction (and it shows Lib Dems with over 100 MPs)

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

Just two hours until the exit polls have their say, but if you can’t wait for that … Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com site has run through pretty much every poll result permutation to come up with a range of projections as to how the House of Commons will look on 7th May.
Here’s their official final […]

LDVideo: Paddy Ashdown – You can’t get a new future, unless you cast your vote

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

Paddy Ashdown speaking today about the importance of voting today for the Lib Dems if you want to change the country:

(Also available on YouTube here).

Just 3 hours left to make your predictions in LDV’s general election competition

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

You have until 9.55 pm this evening, Thursday 6th May, to make your predictions about the outcome of today’s general election.
All you have to do is offer up your best guesses for the following four questions:

1. What will be the shares of the popular UK vote recorded by […]

LibLink: Mark Pack – Liberal Democrats: the seats to watch

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

Over at The Guardian’s Comment is Free website, LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack, until last year working at the heart of Lib Dem HQ, picks out his ten must-watch seats to find out how the party is faring.
They range from northern seats where the main challenger is Labour (eg, Leeds North West and Durham) to […]

Three very different endorsements for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

It’s not just been the public making up its mind over the last 24 hours – a number of political bloggers have also declared who they’ll be voting for in the last day. Mostly, this is along party lines, as you might expect. But some have stood out from the crowd – here are three […]

Why the Lib Dem surge was at just the right time

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

Okay, so the heady days of ‘Cleggmania’ – with the Lib Dems briefly in first place in the polls as high as 34% – did not last until election day itself.
Few of us expected it to, really, though it was delicious while it lasted. The fact that every single one of the nine final […]