Author Archives: Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen is the creator of LibDemBlogs and LibDig. Having first got involved with the Liberal Democrats whilst at Warwick University he got his first real job working as the Communications Officer for LDYS (now Liberal Youth) down in the basement of Cowley Street. He moved to Lincoln to be with his girlfriend and was elected to the City Council. He now works as a web developer for Timico in Newark and spends nearly all his spare time keeping LibDemVoice and LibDemBlogs running smoothly.

LibDemVoice on your Mobile

For those who read Voice on their mobile or Blackberry, we’ve recently created a special theme.
This is a very stripped down version of the site with less colours and no sidebar.
It should increase the speed in which the LibDemVoice loads and cost you less in data downloads.
If you prefer the original theme, scroll to the bottom and click the link.
LibDemVoice on your Mobile

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Channel S fined £40,000 for LibDem Advert

Ofcom have announced that Channel S World Limited, Channel S Plus Limited and Channel S Global Limited have been fined a total of £40,000 for breaching the TV Advertising Code by repeatedly broadcasting a political advertisement.

The Bengali stations aired an advert 44 times during April this year urging people to “Vote Brian Paddick for Mayoral candidate, and Jalal for GLA candidate…”

Ofcom concluded that the material was in breach of the following Sections of the TV Advertising Code:
4(a), which prohibits advertisements by or on behalf of any body whose objects are of a political nature; and
4(b), which prohibits advertisements …

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Forums off for a bit

The forums are currently closed whilst some maintenance is done, as soon as they are back up this post will be updated.

20:01 The forums are now back up. You might have noticed that the URL has now changed to You should be automatically redirected by your browser when using your bookmarks, however you will need to re-enter your username and password as the cookies have changed.

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New website:

Have you ever wanted to say that a blog post is great, or that a video on YouTube should be watched by all LibDems, or found an article on LVT in an online journal? Never got around to blogging it, or don’t even have a blog?
I know that I have, and that many others have pestered me to create a version of for the LibDems. So for the last three weeks I’ve been working at it, and today it goes live.
It’s called LibDig and can be found at
It uses the Liberal Democrats Account system to …

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #77

As Stephen is off on his hols, I’ve offered to collate the 77th of our weekly round-ups (27th July – 2nd August) of the seven most popular click-throughs from LibDemBlogs, plus another five that you might have missed.

Let’s get straight down to it, in traditional descending order:

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #63

With Mr Tall t’internet less and Mr Foster off in Greece, it’s my turn to complete this weeks Golden Dozen.

It’s the 63rd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (27th April – 3rd May), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Let’s get straight down to it, in descending order of popularity:

1. Peter Black: Tory compares Boris to Mussolini

2. Jo Anglezarke: Bumper mayoral blog round-up, she does it so I don’t have too.

3. Jennie Rigg: For Pity’s Sake, London Lib

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Boris on YouTube

Being a high profile celebrity has helped Boris Johnson’s name recognition during the London Mayor contest. But being well known comes with its downside too, as it means that your past failings or blunders are likely to be well known too.

The large collection of films about Boris on YouTube demonstrate this well, he’s a very popular subject, but many of the pieces either mock or criticise him.

We’ve selected five, each of which highlights one particular reason not to support Boris Johnson in the Mayoral election.

You can watch them below, and take part in our online poll to …

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Your picture next to your comments?

You may have noticed that next to people’s comments is a small picture of themselves.

If you want a picture to appear next to your comments you need to do two things.

  1. Visit, create an account and upload a picture.
  2. Post a comment, ensuring that your email address that you’ve used on Gravatar is the same one that you’ve put in the comment field.

Feel free to post test comments …

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And the winner is…

…nope, not Nick Clegg, but Steve Comer who got the closest in our Leadership Contest Competition only being out by 0.7% of the vote share for Clegg and Huhne and only 0.6% out on the turnout. He will be shortly sent an exclusive LibDemVoice mug in the post. A special mention goes to Alex who was short on the turnout by only 0.1%, and commiserations to Charles Anglin who was actually the closest, but failed to provide a valid email address as required in the rules.
A full break down on the results can be …

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Nick Clegg is the new Leader

The results are in:
Nick Clegg – 20,988 (50.6%)
Chris Huhne – 20,477 (49.4%)
Turnout – 41,465

Nick Clegg
Credits Alex Folkes/

Standby for further updates, including the winner of our Leadership Election Prediction Competition

EDIT 00:34am: The fullest information on results is available here. From this, we now know that turnout was 64.4% and there were 222 spoiled ballot papers.  The winner of our election prediction competition… will still need to wait for Ryan’s spreadsheet to be completed. – Alex Foster

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New Theme

After spending all week working on this new theme, it’s time to launch our new look.

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LibDemVoice Blog Meet

In association with LibDemBlogs we’re inviting bloggers to join us for a drink in Brighton.

Place: Evening Star, 55/56 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PB
Date: Tuesday 18th September, 7pm – late

Everyone is welcome, even those who aren’t at conference. The pub is a short walk from the conference centre and very close to the railway station.

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Free Blog Advertising

Matt Wardman of The Wardman Wire is playing about with a WordPress plugin to display adverts on his site. So for testing purposes, he’s after 468×60 pixel banner ads of people’s blogs. It doesn’t matter how small or new your blog is, Matt is willing to promote you. For more info, plus a competition to win even more displays visit Playing with Adverts – free advertising for you…

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Forum back up

The LibDemVoice Forum will be down today to allow some upgrades to take place.
The Members’ Forum is now back up.

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