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.