LDV members’ survey (2): who you would elect party president

All this week, Lib Dem Voice is publishing the results of our September survey of party members conducted through Liberty Research via our private members’ forum. This is the second of our monthly surveys – if you have ideas for future survey questions, please email me at [email protected]

Today we publish the results of the first poll asking how Lib Dem members might vote in the event of a contested election for the party presidency.

LDV asked: Any member of the Liberal Democrats is eligible to stand for the Lib Dem presidency: they do not have to be a Parliamentarian. Three candidates have been mentioned as possible candidates: Lembit Opik MP, Shadow Minister for Housing; Baroness Ros Scott, Spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and Cllr John Smithson, Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Kirklees Distict Council. Which of these three would you most like to be elected president?

Here’s how you voted:

Lembit Opik: 19.8%
Ros Scott: 65.6%
John Smithson: 14.6%

So, as far as LDV members are concerned, it’s a one-horse race, with almost two-thirds backing the Baroness who blogs. And herein may lie the rub. For though Ros has travelled far and wide to meet party members in constituencies across the UK, I doubt she would claim to have quite the prominent public profile that Lembit, erm, enjoys. So whether LDV’s online community will necessarily prove representative of the wider membership is debatable.

In any case, I hope this poll doesn’t for a moment deter Lembit or John Smithson from throwing their hats into the ring – not least because having three candidates representing different levels of our electoral system (the Lords, the Commons and local government) might spark a proper debate about what it is exactly members want of their president.

LDV members’ survey (1): Simon Hughes and the Lib Dem presidency

Read more by .
This entry was posted in LDV Members poll.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarBarry Snelson 27th Aug - 5:45pm
    Matthew, I respect your views and appreciate the campaigning work you have done over years and my hope would be that the separate ideologies, within...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 27th Aug - 4:08pm
    Expats: Very long distance freight such as that is the major source of rail goods traffic. I assume that what those who want the railways...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 27th Aug - 4:06pm
    Happy 10th birthday LDV! Possible the best website in the UK for discussing liberal politics. Thanks to the editors and those who politely engage.
  • User Avatargrahame lamb 27th Aug - 4:05pm
    I have noted all the comments above including in particular the ones by those of you who have been kind enough to respond to my...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 27th Aug - 2:33pm
    Well said Caron. I think Eddie Sammon is on to something when he puts this in the context of historic French struggles against the combination...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 27th Aug - 2:30pm
    Simon , you are right to say thanks to Caron and the team for keeping it going , wrong to think it a thankless task...