Party Presidency, rumour-mill update

It’s less than a week since Baroness (Ros) Scott announced she would not be standing for a second term as President of the Lib Dems, the only post directly elected by all party members other than that of Leader.

But with nominations closing in less than a fortnight — and 200 nominations to be secured from conference representatives of at least 20 local parties — those looking to contest the position are going to be scrambling to get their supporter networks up and running.

I’ve heard from one in-the-know source that Jason Zadrozny, a district and county councillor in Nottinghamshire who contested Geoff Hoon’s old seat of Ashfield at the general election and came within 192 votes of winning on a huge 17% swing, is definitely standing. He will formally announce today, I hear.

Also seriously contemplating running is Lib Dem blogger Jennie Rigg, who sets out her reasons for wanting to stand, and her pledges if elected, here. A pledgebank to ensure Jennie can afford to run has already been started by those wanting her to throw her hat in the ring.

A further candidacy is expected to be formally announced today… more news as we get it.

Update: former London Mayoral candidate and former Richmond Park MP Susan Kramer’s candidacy also appears to be up-and-running.

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  • I note some councils are sharing executives in an attempt to save money. Maybe the libdems should follow this approach and set an example.

    Baroness Warsi would be suitable. Lets face it you’re little more than a subsidiary these days anyway.

  • Iain Roberts 16th Sep '10 - 9:51am

    The trolls are up early today, I see.

  • Grammar Police 16th Sep '10 - 9:53am

    It’s the sleeping under bridges – you get up when it’s light.

  • In fact, I thought Simon was great – seemed to be good for his constituency and the party in my view. Though I accept that the role has changed, and in coalition you are probably right Niklas.

  • I can condition Susan Kramer is running, she’s helping out at today’s Earls court council by-election, and getting nominations (I’m not a voting rep so couldn’t sign myself).

  • *confirm not condition

  • “CON-DEM’d.”

    I will never vote for any candidate whose staffer uses that pathetic, childish term of abuse. Grow up, already.

    Jennie has my vote.

  • Susan would be fantastic as President. She was a hard working member of FE, our best Mayoral candidate and the people of Richmond Park were very foolish to lose her as their MP.

  • I agree that Ros Scott was an excellent President who engaged with the membership. Her successor must have the time to devote to the role and, just as importantly, it must be their primary focus. Susan Kramer would, I believe, be a very good choice.

  • Neil Mackinnon 18th Sep '10 - 6:30pm

    The Party President needs to have first rate advocacy skills above all else, a sure footed media performer with a nationwide reach. I think that rules out everyone mentioned in this article.

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