Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #475

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 475th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (26 March – 1 April, 2017), together with a hand-picked seven you might otherwise have missed.

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As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Labour’s own canvassing shows it is in trouble in the Manchester Gorton by-election by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A tale of a downhearted Labour campaign and a vibrant Lib Dem one.

2. Some folk think we’re going to win Manchester Gorton by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
That’d be the Bookies. And the Greens.

3. How will the Lib Dems do in May’s local elections and what does a good day for them look like? by Nick Tyrone on nicktyrone.com.
A look across the whole UK.

4. On Nick Clegg, timing and the chance of a political comeback by Neil Monnery on The ramblings of Neil Monnery.
Clegg is the best asset the anti-Brexit coalition has, says Neil.

5. George Osborne approached Tim Farron about a new party by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Realignment talk is coming from everywhere.

And now to the seven blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. To nominate a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s, all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected] You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

6. What have they done? by Christine Jardine on Dear Scotland.
On the Tories and the SNP’s constitutional stand-off

Their competing nationalisms have conspired to create a perfect storm in which we seem expected to simply hold on and hope there are lifejackets.

7. What I did at Lib Dem Conference Part 3 by Jennie Rigg aged thirty nine and a quarter on That’s not what you said in the Jeffries Tube.
How Jennie voted (or sloped off to the pub) on the issues under debate.

8. Lessons from Ebbw Vale by Helen Belcher on Challenging Journeys (Phase 2).
We need to say how we’d reform the EU if we want to have a chance of staying in it

9. Supporting Brexit doesn’t mean that you can’t vote for a pro EU party like the Lib Dems by Daisy Benson on Independent Voices.
Daisy highlights how Leave voting areas are turning to the Lib Dems because we have the right things to say on the issues that matter most to them.

10. My Remainer’s Diary Day 193 by Jo Hayes on Facebook.
Jo’s account of Article 50 Day

11. A new centre party? Here’s my take by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen is enthusiastic about the prospect

12. Why Gorton is winnable by Andrew Hickey  on SciEnce! Justice leak.
He lives there so he should know!

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ nominating.

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