Who Lib Dem members think are the most effective non-MPs at promoting the party

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.

Oakeshott, Ashdown and Pack top your list

LDV asked: Which prominent Lib Dems who are NOT MPs (eg, peers, campaigners) are doing an effective job of promoting the party to the public? Please write-in.

    Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott
    Lord (Paddy) Ashdown
    Mark Pack
    Evan Harris
    Baroness (Shirley) Williams
    Lord (Chris) Rennard
    Caroline Pidgeon AM
    Willie Rennie MSP
    Baroness (Susan) Kramer
    Stephen Tall
    Kirsty Williams AM
    Lord (Tom) McNally
    Baroness (Ros) Scott
    Brian Paddick
    Chris Davies MEP
    Lord (Tony) Greaves

The list above is in descending order of effectiveness at promoting the party to the public as measured by our sample of Lib Dem members’ responses to this write-in question. Over half our 500 respondents replied, most with multiple suggestions. There were many more suggestions than made this list: I applied a cut-off threshold for inclusion of a minimum of five spontaneous mentions.

To give you an idea of the scale, Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott recorded more than 70 mentions, which means getting on for one-in-three party members who responded named him an effective Lib Dem advocate (albeit some said they didn’t always agree with him). What’s encouraging from the list is to see campaigners from across a broad range of the party: peers, MEPs, Scottish, Welsh and London leaders, and grassroots campaigners.

(Editor’s note: I’ve left my name in the list, but am well aware that as I’m the survey author that probably skewed responses — for the record, I certainly don’t believe I’m more effective than Kirsty Williams or the others!)

  • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. Some 500 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 3rd and 6th August.
  • Please note: we make no claims that the survey is fully representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. However, LibDemVoice.org’s surveys are the largest independent samples of the views of Lib Dem members across the country, and have in the past accurately predicted the winners of the contest for Party President, and the result of the conference decision to approve the Coalition agreement.
  • The full archive of our members’ surveys can be viewed at www.libdemvoice.org/category/ldv-members-poll
  • * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.