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Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall. He writes a fortnightly column for ConservativeHome and 'The Underdog' column for Total Politics magazine. He edited the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead, and is a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum. He was awarded the inaugural Lib Dem ‘Blogger of the Year’ prize in 2006, was a councillor for eight years in Oxford, including a year as Deputy Lord Mayor, and appears frequently in the media in person, in print and online. Stephen combines his political interests with his professional life as Development Director for the Education Endowment Foundation, though writes here in a personal capacity.

How to enter the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League 2017/18

LDV FANTASY FOOTBALLThe English Premier League kicks off this Friday and LibDemVoice has revived its Fantasy Football League to mark the occasion. So if you fancy pitting your soccer selection skills against fellow party supporters, here’s your chance.

To enter all you have to do is click on this link. Simply register your details, pick your team, and away you go. If you need the joining code at any point, it’s 926270-223363.

And for those who don’t feel they have the insider knowledge to compete, you can always choose the ‘auto-complete’ option so …

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How to enter the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League 2017/18

LDV FANTASY FOOTBALLThe English Premier League kicks off a fortnight on Friday, 11th August, and LibDemVoice has revived its Fantasy Football League to mark the occasion.

So if you fancy pitting your soccer selection skills against fellow party members then here’s your chance. There’s over 60 of you already joined!

To enter all you have to do is click on this link. Simply register your details, pick your team, and away you go. If you need the joining code at any point, it’s 926270-223363.

Last season’s winner, Alain Desmier, finished in the top …

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: the final table

Our tenth and final update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to Alain Desmier, our runaway winner this season. His ‘Mountgrove Maulers’ have amassed a huge 2,417 points, over a hundred ahead of his nearest rival.

That places Alain in the top 500 world-wide, no small achievement given there are over 4.5 million players. And on top of that, he’s the Lib Dem canididate for Islington South and Finsbury, aiming to oust Emily Thornberry.

Congratulations and good luck, Alain! Well played, too, runners-up Andrew Hydon (2,314) and Christopher Morgan (2,272).

Here’s the final top 10 league table:

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: manager of the month for April

Our ninth and penultimate update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to LDV team member Alan Muhammed, our Manager of the Month for April.

His Shantastic XI scored an impressive 377 points, just edging out long-term league leader (and prospective MP for Islington North and Finsbury) Alain Desmier’s Mountgrove Maulers (374) and David Boynton’s Bev Rangers (373).

Here’s the overall league table:

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: manager of the month for March

Our eighth update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Double congratulations to Alain Desmier, not only our Manager of the Month for March, but a runaway leader in the overall league.

His Mountgrove Maulers scored an impressive 218 points, a nose ahead of Lynda Reid’s Paris Saint Yer’ma (213) and Lucy Keating’s FC Insert Name Here (210).

Here’s the overall league table:

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: manager of the month for February

Our seventh update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to Nick Davies, our Manager of the Month for February.

His Wenger’s 2nd XI showed themselves more effective than Wenger’s first 11, topping our league with an impressive 217 points, a little ahead of Andrew Hydon’s the treble c’s (209) and Michael Brown’s Mike’s Dream Team (208).

In the overall league table, Alain Desmier’s Mountgrove Maulers (1564 points) continue to dominate, some way ahead of nearest rival Richard Campbell’s Dick Dastardly FC (1504).

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: manager of the month for January

Our sixth update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to Richard Morris, our Manager of the Month for January.

His Armchair Villa scored an impressive 257 points, just edging out David Cape’s Rose United (256) and Nick Davies’s Wenger’s 2nd XI (255).

Here’s the overall league table:

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