Lib Dem Presidential Contest: Result

Lib Dem Presidential Result 08

I’m at Cowley Street, at the election count for the next President of the Liberal Democrats.

The count has just been completed and the result is as follows:

Ros Scott: 20,736 votes (72%)
Lembit Opik: 6247 votes (22%)
Chandila Fernando 1799 votes (6%)

Commenting, the new Liberal Democrat Party President, Ros Scott said:

I’m really proud to belong to a Party in which every member has a chance to vote for the person they want to run the internal management of the Party.

This campaign has given Liberal Democrats the opportunity to have a robust dialogue within the Party about the role of the President and how the Party should be run.

Our Party is a genuine grass roots movement, and the job of the President is to ensure that we stay that way – that our members and activists remain at the heart of everything we do.

Many of the problems this country faces today are a result of successive Tory and Labour Governments failing to face up to the need for strengthening international institutions, failing to regulate the financial services sector and over centralising public services.

Only the Liberal Democrats have offered an alternative to this old tired thinking and as we approach the next General Election our Party needs to rise to the challenge of demonstrating that a vote for either the Labour or Conservative Parties simply means more of the same.

I am proud to be able to play my part, alongside Nick Clegg and Vince Cable, in increasing Liberal Democrat representation at all levels of Government in all parts of the country.

Nick Clegg said:

I would like to congratulate Ros Scott on her election.

The role of President in the Liberal Democrats is a vital one for the organisation and management of the party. I know that Ros will do a fantastic job of representing the membership and upholding the wonderful tradition of internal party democracy that sets us so apart from other political parties.

Ros Scott will take up office on 1st January 2009, succeeding Simon Hughes.

A total of 60,357 ballot papers were issued and the turnout was 47.8% (+0.4% on last time). 49 ballots were spoiled.

Further details, including more comment from Nick Clegg, on the party’s website.

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28 Comments

  • Wow, that is a clear mandate. Well done Ros and her camaign team

  • Thomas Hemsley 8th Nov '08 - 3:11pm

    No hanging chads here. ;)

  • The curse of Lembit 8th Nov '08 - 3:31pm

    The curse of Lembit strikes again. I can’t help but feel he deserved more votes.

    Evidently this wasn’t a contest between activists and armchair members. Ros’s support evidently extended far beyond conference delegates.

  • Simon Titley 8th Nov '08 - 3:36pm

    So that’s just 6% for Liberal Vision and 22% for Liberal Derision.

  • Liam Pennington 8th Nov '08 - 4:23pm

    Thank God for that. I could not have continued as a member under Lembit. Well done Ros :)

  • Neil Bradbury 8th Nov '08 - 4:36pm

    Well done to Ros and her campaign. Now can people get off Lembits back? Liam, that is a disgraceful comment. Lembit is a hard working Liberal Democrat and an instinctive Liberal. Perhaps bloggers can restrict themselves to praising Ros rather than enjoying Lembits loss.

  • My take on all this is that we have a very sophisticated electorate within the party. There were plenty of people on right-leaning blogs predicting a Lembit win on the basis of the contest being “Opik, who or who?”.

    I’ve been struck by the number of members who were not “inside the party machinery” who still voted for Ros on the basis of her manifesto.

    Pats on the back all round.

  • David from Ealing 8th Nov '08 - 4:42pm

    A good result, but a very disappointing turnout.

  • Rabi Martins 8th Nov '08 - 4:48pm

    This is good news for the Party indeed. Her election begins to address our poor record on gender balance in Parliament and other structures

    We now need her to use her power and influence to reduce the gender gap even more and also inject real urgency in doing something about the BME balance in Parliament and other structures

    And I would also like to pay tribute to Lembit and Chandila for giving us a real choice

  • dreamingspire 8th Nov '08 - 4:56pm

    Congratulations to Ros.
    4.45pm: Sky News shows shots of Lembit and talks about him. Only mentions Ros as an afterthought, so time to give them a lesson in reality, Ros.

  • Another Liberal Democrat election victory!

  • Paul Harding 8th Nov '08 - 8:27pm

    So are we ever going to see Chandila again?

  • Lembit has had a wretched two years, lived in the full glare of the media. His defeat is therefore perhaps not such a surprise. The fact that this is being presented as his defeat, rather than Ros Scott’s victory, reflects the desire of newseditors to re-run photos of Lembit with Sian Lloyd or Gabriella ‘in happier times’.

  • Can someone tell me why everyone was so pro-Ros? I voted for her, so I am not an anti. I am just curious as to why everyone was so 4 Ros.

  • Chandila Fernando 9th Nov '08 - 1:55am

    I hope by running in the contest it will enable other people in the future to do the same and champion causes which they passionately believe in. It has been an exciting and very illuminating experience. I hope to keep campaigning for the issues in my manifesto and wish Ros every success.

  • Rabi Martins 9th Nov '08 - 2:18pm

    Chandila – The strength of our Party is it is truly democratic – Any member can run for any office

    You were right to use the campaign to raise your profile.

    We need more talented BME individuals to come out and demonstrate that there is untapped talent out there which the Party must embrace

  • Clegg's Ardent Admirer 10th Nov '08 - 12:28pm

    I’m pleased. A bit of gender balance and a victory of excelent campaigning over name recognition.

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