Author Archives: Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen is the creator of LibDemBlogs and LibDig. Having first got involved with the Liberal Democrats whilst at Warwick University he got his first real job working as the Communications Officer for LDYS (now Liberal Youth) down in the basement of Cowley Street. He moved to Lincoln to be with his girlfriend and was elected to the City Council. He now works as a web developer for Timico in Newark and spends nearly all his spare time keeping LibDemVoice and LibDemBlogs running smoothly.

Who Lib Dem Voice members think should be the next leader

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the General Election results. Some 1065 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

OK, so before we go any further, we all know how dreadful polling has been recently, and I’m also including our results on the Presidential election last year.

Also these numbers are based on a sample of 1,065 out of 57,773 members, before nominations have closed, and any hustings have taken place.

First Preferences

Which of the eight Liberal Democrat MPs would you like to see as the next leader?

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What Lib Dem Voice members think about Nick Clegg stepping down as leader

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the General Election results. Some 1065 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

Was Nick Clegg right in standing down on Friday?

Posted in LDV Members poll | Tagged | 78 Comments

What Lib Dem Voice members would like to see our defeated MPs do now

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the General Election results. Some 1065 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

Of the former MPs which stood for election, but failed to regain their seats we asked if you would like to see them Enter the House of Lords; Run for Mayor of London; Start work on 2020; Go on I’m a Celebrity or have no answer.
There was only one choice per MP, and I regret not asking about the Scottish Parliament / Welsh Assembly.

Below are the selected highlights:

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What Lib Dem Voice members think of the Election results

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the General Election results. Some 1065 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

Members expected us to do better

Before 10pm on the 7th of May how many seats did you think the Liberal Democrats would win?

Posted in LDV Members poll | 27 Comments

New LDV members’ survey now live: your views on

imageThe new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the 1,900+ registered members of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum, and any paid-up party member is welcome to join, then you now have the opportunity to make your views known.

Questions we’re asking this month include:

  • pre-election predictions;
  • post-election analysis;
  • what you though of the Coalition;
  • Nick Clegg standing down;
  • who should replace him as leader;
  • what our losing MPs should do next;
Posted in LDV Members poll | 11 Comments

STV stages for a potential replacement leader

Yesterday LibDemVoice published the results of the members survey carried out over the last two days, as we reported then we would be making the full results of the final question available. Below is the breakdown for each of the 42 stages, and if you are really interest you can download the ballot file to run through your favourite STV counter (mine is OpenSTV, but it’s chargable) eliminating candidates if you so wish.

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Seventeen blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

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New Theme

Over the last few months in-between a full time job and looking after my 2 year old daughter I’ve been working on updating the look to LibDemVoice.

Whilst the layout change isn’t massive, we’ve worked on highlighting the authors more, bringing back the recent comments to the right hand-side and introducing the most requested feature:

Verified Comments
If you are a paid up party member and have signed up to our Forums, you can now use this username and password to sign in to leave a comment on the main site, you just need to sign in here.

Whilst we have carried …

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Twenty three blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Thirteen blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Fourteen blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Eighteen blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 2 Comments

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Twenty six blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator (sorry for not adding you sooner, been really busy and I my computer lost the original post for December):

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Nine blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 4 Comments

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Eight blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Eight blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Four blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Four blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Do you know of a blog by a LibDem which isn’t listed? Why not get them to add it as well?

Whether you are one of these new bloggers or someone who has been on the aggregator for rather longer, why not add you blog to the Wikio Directory? It’s a simple online form, gives your own blog a little more publicity and adding your blog means any links you make to other blogs helps raise them up the Wikio rankings.

Whether you are a new or experience blogger yourself, you may also find our compilation of “how to blog” posts useful:

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Welcome to the new bloggers…

Six blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Good luck to all the new bloggers, and why not take a moment to pop over to their blogs, take a read and post a comment?

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Welcome to the new bloggers…

Eight blogs have recently joined my Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Posted in Online politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Special #ldconf live tweet coverage

Due to the speedy nature of the calling of this conference, the unknown knowledge of how good mobile broadband will be in the hall, and if there is enough space to sit with a laptop, the team will be covering the conference via twitter.
The last 20 tweets should be below, to view them all visit Twitter

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Vote for a Change – a Labour front?

LibDemVoice asked this question back when they ran a “tactical voting” website which asked you to vote Labour in over 50% of the seats in the country, including ones in which we were a good second place behind the Conservatives.

Today they have come out with the great idea of performing a DoS on the Cowley Street phone lines by insisting that everyone should have the right to know exactly how the negotiations for a balanced parliament are going.

That’s right, they want to cripple the reception of Liberal Democrats headquarters. Do they really want to know if PR is …

Posted in News | 23 Comments

Conservative candidate steps down after foul-mouthed tirade

On Monday Lib Dem Voice brought you the story of potty-mouthed Conservative candidate Chris Hawes and his foul language aimed at Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Yesterday Chris Hawes decided to step down as the Conservative’s council candidate for the Leavesden ward of Three Rivers District Council, which in the Lib Dem target constituency of Watford. Watford Conservatives’ representaive Peter Ganney emailed the Watford Lib Dems constituency chair, saying: “Chris is embarrassed by what he wrote and has apologised for using such rude words. He has chosen to withdraw his candidature for Three Rivers District Council, Leavesden Ward”.

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Is this the next candidate to be axed for their online insults?

On Friday the new and traditional media were full of the tale of Stuart MacLennan, whose foul tirades led to his removal as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Moray. Amongst those leading the calls for his removal were the head on the Conservative’s press office, Henry Macrory and the Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who described the remarks as “pretty appalling“.

So you might wonder what the Conservative hierarchy might think of a candidate who posted this:

The blog

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Labour and their big databases

People often wonder why the Liberal Democrats are opposed to having large centralised databases containing every piece of information about you that you may have once mentioned.

However today’s Sunday Times leads with this story:

Labour hit by cancer leaflet row

LABOUR has become embroiled in a row about the use of personal data after sending cancer patients alarmist mailshots saying their lives could be at risk under a Conservative government.

Cards addressed to sufferers by name warn that a Labour guarantee to see a cancer specialist within two weeks would be scrapped by the Tories. Labour claims the Conservatives would also do

Posted in Big mad database and General Election | 9 Comments

Mailing List Teething Problems

Yesterday I noticed that our Mailing List signup page had some issues. It turns out that any details enter on the site were lost in to the ether.
Having spent the night ironing out the bugs it looks like everything is now working.
So if you wish to get our daily roundup, or the Golden Dozen to your inbox please signup again.

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Site Down Time

LibDemVoice will be down between 19:00 and 20:00 (BST) for a server migration.
Hopefully we have found a way to avoid DNS issues, however you might have problems accessing the site for the next few days.
Apologies in advance.

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New Server Up and Running

If you are reading this, then you will be now visiting LibDemVoice on our new fancy server.
Comments and the forum are now open again.
If you have any formatting issues try Ctrl+F5 to force your browser to download the files again.
Any issues please let me know.

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Site Down Time

We mentioned early in the week that we are changing our hosting package. For the upgrade to take place we need to move all the files from one machine to another and then tell the rest of the internet that we have moved.
Therefore between 5pm tomorrow (27th Feb) and 11pm Saturday* the site won’t be updated. No new posts and no new comments. The forum will be completely closed during this period too.
This will allow me to get an up to date mySQL dump which can then be uploaded and ensure that the name server changes go through successfully.

*I’m …

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Ooops, small outage

I’m sure that either Mark or Stephen will do some stat porn for the last year, but one of the problems LibDemVoice is starting to experience is that we are just having too many visitors for our server to cope with.
Having crashed it earlier this week, I added WP Super Cache to the system, unfortunately this made it even worse (although this plugin is working fine on my own blog). Again the server crashed, so I downgraded to WP Cache, and the server went down once more.
After some kind chats with Adam at Dataflame we are back up and …

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