Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 741 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.
This afternoon, the Conference will debate whether they want to have a Deputy Leader elected by the membership, or to continue with the current system of having a deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons elected by the MPs.
This is something that is a genuine choice for Conference. There is no “recommended” solution.
So we thought we would test the water.
Are you in favour of a Deputy Leader elected by the membership?
Here are some of the comments made:
As long as the role doesn’t become a focus for internal bickering (with the Deputy briefing against the Leader, as per the Labour Party).
One single Lib Dem voice on the national stage is right during these times when Lib Dems are offered so little coverage anyway
Yes, although introducing this whilst we only have 8 MPs might come across as a bit optimistic at the moment. Definitely something for future – would have helped during coalition years
There is no good reason to have a Deputy Leader. And even if there were the position should be filled at the sole discretion of the party leader.
Not really bothered about this, If it could be done for a modest marginal cost by all means, however I think the office of Party President offers the opportunity for an alternative voice.
- 2,200+ Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. 741 completed the latest survey, which was conducted between 13-15 September 2016
- Please note: we make no claims that the survey is fully representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. The surveys are, though, the largest independent samples of the views of Lib Dem members across the country.
- We have been able to test the LibDemVoice surveys against actual results on a handful of occasions. It correctly forecast the special Lib Dem conference would overwhelmingly approve the Coalition Agreement in May 2010. In the 2008 and 2010 elections for Lib Dem party president, it correctly predicted the winner. However, in the 2014 election it didn’t; see here for my thoughts on this.
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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings