Farron and Lamb send third all member emails

The leadership candidates have sent their third official emails. You can read the first two here and here. 

First of all, the Returning Officer’s information:

Below are the top lines and links in the third of four emails from the candidates that I am distributing on their behalf.  I do this in my role as the Acting Returning Officer for this election.

Also please find below contact details for how you can find out more about each of the candidates.

Ballot papers are being dispatched today so you should receive your ballot paper by post within the next week.   With your ballot there will also be a copy of both candidates’ manifestos.

Our ballot counters must receive your complete ballot paper by 2pm on July 15th for it to count.

Many thanks for participating in this important election.

Tim Farron’s letter

A fresh start

Simon Hughes writes:

Tim is my friend. He has that ability – extremely rare amongst politicians – to connect with ordinary people, be it in the pub or from a lectern.

He is passionate about his community, his party, his country.

He is driven by his personal experience to confront poverty and poor housing.

And he knows that to make a difference, you must first win.

These are the qualities that make him the right person to lead the Liberal Democrats forward.

But don’t take my word for it – judge for yourself.

The party’s leading councillors sign up to Tim’s campaign.

Over 200 of the party’s leading campaigners have backed Tim Farron’s leadership campaign, including the party’s two elected mayors and three of the party’s principal authority leaders – Peter Thornton (South Lakeland), Keith House (Eastleigh) and Sue Derbyshire (Stockport).

Led by directly elected mayors, Dorothy Thornhill and Dave Hodgson, the councillors serve on over 100 authorities from Cornwall to Aberdeen. They form the backbone of the party’s campaigning wing. Tim has committed to rebuilding the party from the bottom up, building on the success and experience of campaigners like these.

Dave Hodgson, explains why he and the vast majority of the party’s campaigners are supporting Tim:

“I’m supporting Tim Farron because he will be a powerful and effective advocate for liberal values and for the Liberal Democrats and, crucially, because he understands and values local government. Tim is a former district and county councillor, and his innate understanding of the power of local politics to improve people’s lives for the better shines through. As elected Mayor and leader of a unitary council, that is extremely important to me.

“A Liberal Democrat party led by Tim Farron will be one which gives Liberal Democrat councillors and local voters across the country the backing they deserve to make a positive difference in their communities.”

Dorothy Thornhill, added:

“Tim just knows how to talk to people – not just members of the party but ordinary voters. We will have a tough time now to make ourselves heard and Tim is the one to give us a voice.”

Tim Talks

Tim Talks Rebuilding the Party

In this video Tim explains his plan to rebuild the party

Tim Talks: Q&A

Many people across the country are attending the hustings events the party has organised, but if you’re not able to come along, Tim will be taking part in an online Q&A session this Friday.

To find out more details and sign-up for the Q&A click here.

Our strongest voice

“Tim Farron is a principled liberal who has the ability to speak in plain language that is understood by people who live outside the Westminster bubble. We need someone who can motivate not only our own party members but also the wider public to join the campaign for the liberal cause, and I believe Tim has the passion and enthusiasm to do this.”
Steve Webb, Pensions Minister 2010-2015 and MP for Thornbury & Yate 1997-2015

“Given our election defeats we are very fortunate to have two excellent candidates for the Leadership of our Party. The increase in our membership post May 2015 is also excellent news. There clearly is a great opportunity to rebuild our Party at all levels. I believe that Tim is the man to grasp this opportunity at this point in time and that he will inspire and motivate members, activists and voters.”
Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole 2001-2015

Norman Lamb’s video

Read Tim Gordon’s Letter Read Tim Farron’s letter

Norman Lamb: Building a Progressive, Liberal Movement for Change


Why Norman? Some special supporters share their thoughts in this video:


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  • Eddie Sammon 26th Jun '15 - 3:32pm

    Personally I can see the party developing a “back seat driver” or “drivers”. As good as they both are, I don’t think either are strong enough to lead the party on their own and even together they will struggle to reach a section of the electorate.

    So get cracking boys and girls. A more co-operative model will suit the party better over the next five years than a top-down one.

  • Sammy O'Neill 26th Jun '15 - 5:56pm

    I agree with Eddie Salmon that neither candidate is really up to it. Though I fear that instead of backseat drivers we may find ourselves totally shambolic/directionless and just catering to the very narrow obsessions of some of the party membership, especially under Farron. I’ve come to the unfortunate conclusion that if Farron wins I will not be renewing my membership.

  • Eddie Sammon 26th Jun '15 - 6:03pm

    Sammy, I used to think like that, but are you on Twitter? Engage with Farron (or his team) – they listen.

    Farron is a bit like Burnham in a way that for him “the party comes first” so he does his fair bit of pandering, but I would arguably say he is more of a pragmatist. I think Norman might turn away a good opportunity for the party because he had decided it wasn’t liberal, whereas for Tim I think if it was good for the party he would be a bit more flexible.

  • Sammy O'Neill 26th Jun '15 - 7:33pm


    They are certainly good at replying to tweets I completely accept, but I still have no faith at all in Farron being able to make the decisions necessary for the good of the party. I’ve seen him speak (and spoken to him) a couple of times, and have never personally found him sincere or displaying the characteristics I think a leader needs. Many will disagree with me on that, but it’s how I feel.

    Total aside: I note zero coverage by lib dem voice of the letter of support from many prominent lib dems for Norman Lamb published in the Guardian today. If it was Farron we’d have had an article within 10 seconds of publication. The bias is beyond ridiculous now.

  • Eddie Sammon 26th Jun '15 - 7:51pm

    Sammy, good point about the article. Stick around in politics anyway, whatever happens.

  • Julie Maxon 26th Jun '15 - 9:09pm

    Sammy O’Neill “I’ve come to the unfortunate conclusion that if Farron wins I will not be renewing my membership.”
    As a new member, I find that comment very depressing. Surely this is the time for us all to be showing unity, whatever the outcome of the leadership election. We will need both longstanding/experienced members, plus newcomers, to show a united front to help rebuild the party and make sure we are an effective fighting force in the future. If we all truly believe in our values and in the many causes in which a liberal voice will be so badly needed, then this is the time to stand together and support whoever wins the election. I am voting for Tim and will be very disappointed if he doesn’t win, but I will not desert the party.

  • Sammy O'Neill 26th Jun '15 - 11:03pm


    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve always enjoyed reading your contributions on here; they are often a breath of fresh air.


    Unity for unity’s sake is meaningless. For me the party I joined has been killed off by the totally out of touch party bigwigs and their special ads/ideologues. You speak of values, I’m not really sure what they are anymore. I mean we’re in a truly remarkable position where both leadership candidates opted to abstain in the gay marriage vote. 3 years ago I would have thought that as unthinkable. The party membership/leading figures seem bizarrely obsessed with things most of the electorate do not care about or see as minor issues, yet are almost silent on anything affecting ordinary people. It’s always been a very male, middle class party, but my god it has got worse. I know others share all or some of these frustrations. Over time you just get fed up. I may be back one day, who knows 🙂

  • Sammy – I hear the frustration in your voice , its been a bruising and exhausting few years. However, the ‘fresh air’ that are new members appealing for unity (Julie) and a clean slate would seem to be the only way forward. If you really feel that the leadership race is hopeless then maybe it is time to bow out for a while to recharge and regain hopefully the positive enthusiasm that will now be needed – I’m in no way negating your feelings, just merely suggesting they may not be helpful at this time. To be fair to Tim he is making the point strongly hat you’ve just made to Julie – namely that the party is too male and pale and of the importance of creating a level playing field – see his article on improving the parties diversity here:http://www.markpack.org.uk/132637/tim-farron-sets-out-an-impressive-plan-for-improving-the-partys-diversity/ . Personally I feel we all need to be supportive and get behind BOTH these people who have an enormous task ahead of them – hopefully you’ll decide it’s worth ‘fighting another day’ to reestablish values you feel have been recently hidden 🙂

  • Julie Maxon 27th Jun '15 - 6:53pm

    Sammy, I also hear your frustration and accept that as a new member I haven’t had to experience the pain of recent years, but it honestly feels to me that the party is on the verge of something new and exciting. I was hoping for unity between members, not “for unity’s sale” but because that’s our best opportunity to make a real difference. There is no doubt that our new leader will have enormous challenges ahead but their task will be made easier if we stand together. It would be a real shame if members were not even willing to give them a chance to show what they can do. I hope you’ll stick around!

  • Julie Maxon 27th Jun '15 - 6:56pm

    oops – that should have read, not “for unity’s sake” – sorry!

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