Daisy Cooper smashes it on Question Time

Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper was on Question Time this week and won the support of so many audience members, particularly for her evisceration of the Government over its failure to help leaseholders affected by the cladding scandal. She was really excellent on everything from care homes to the Covid crisis in India to the Boris Johnson flat refurb.  Here are some of her best bits.



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  • The time may come for a change of leadership sooner than some people think.

  • lynne featherstone 1st May '21 - 11:31am

    Daisy stormed it. Both she and Layla are so good on the media – give them more to do!

  • Barry Lofty 1st May '21 - 11:41am

    I must say, really impressed with Daisy Cooper lets hear more from her.

  • John Marriott 1st May '21 - 11:58am

    I didn’t watch Question Time, however, Ms Cooper certainly hit the spot. Clearly ‘flower power’ is alive and well. I did notice that the Tory on the panel would appear to be the person that took over Alan Beith’s Berwick seat and is a strong Brexiteer.

    Regarding the Grenfell Tower controversy, I reckon that this, together will the Post Office computer scandal, are the two clearest examples of injustice to occur in this country over the past decade. They certainly put that posh wallpaper in its place!

  • Impressive. I had not really heard her speak long enough until now but I thought her to be concise articulate and loud enough to be heard. With Layla as well we have two potential hard hitters. SirEd needs to learn from them fast.

  • The Conservative MP (Anne-Marie Trevelyan) , clearly following instructions ‘from above’, tried to pull everthing back to ‘Johnson’s vaccination wonder’..

    Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth made some good points but his voice sends me to sleep..

    Danny Sriskandarajah was ok but the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley seemed to inhabit another planet…

    Daisy Cooper was ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest and really impressive on all fronts…

  • John Roffey 1st May '21 - 3:40pm

    @John Littler

    “The BBC appear to have a policy of treating the LibDems as a Fringe Party now with about equal coverage to the Greens…”

    It may be as you say John, although there is little difference between the two parties recent polling results with regard to the next GE.


    Also the BBC have become second only to the Guardian in their reporting of issues related to the Climate Emergency – in fact they gave more coverage to last week’s Leaders Debate on the Climate than the Guardian – although, oddly, the only place I could find live streaming of the event was the Telegraph website!

    Biden: This will be ‘decisive decade’ for tackling climate change

    US President Joe Biden has told a major summit that we are in a “decisive decade” for tackling climate change.

    The US has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

    This new target, which was unveiled at a virtual summit of 40 global leaders, essentially doubles their previous promise.

    But the leaders of India and China, two of the world’s biggest emitters, made no new commitments.

    “Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade – this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” President Biden said at the summit’s opening address.

    “We must try to keep the Earth’s temperature to an increase of 1.5C. The world beyond 1.5 degrees means more frequent and intense fires, floods, droughts, heatwaves and hurricanes – tearing through communities, ripping away lives and livelihoods.”


  • She was impressive. When Layla is on she is impressive also. What is needed is Lib Dems to get on question time more often so that have the opportunity to impress. The party representative does not need to be the leader. Shirley Williams was often on QT 20 years ago but never leader.

  • George Thomas 1st May '21 - 5:08pm

    Those clips do suggest a very impressive performance. Regarding vaccines, Scotland seem to be focusing on completing two doses (leading the way on this measure) while Wales/Cymru moreso on first doses to as many as possible (leading the way on this measure) and have already started doing under 30’s – I’d prefer a UK strategy of two doses to most vulnerable followed by greater focus on exporting vaccines to those less advanced in this matter. Hard headed people will point to wealth India etc. has but biggest risk now sounds like it’s the mutating virus.

    Regarding cash for cushions/curtains, Dan Hodges has made the point that this expensive inquiry isn’t needed because Boris can provide answer any time he likes. He’s also making the point that the person behind it could potentially have eyes on whether your factory stays open or whether it’s moved and you lose your job and is owed a favour by the PM. Until Daisy raised fire safety bill, I thought this was the best way of making it understood for those saying it doesn’t matter.

  • Brad Barrows 1st May '21 - 5:44pm

    @Mike Read
    The Liberal Democrats, like the Conservatives and Labour, have managed to get themselves invited to appear on Question Time for both of the two episodes ahead of the May elections – the SNP, the 3rd largest party in the House of Commons, has only been invited to appear in the second last episode. They are certainly not being treated unfairly in terms of getting on to the show.

  • @Mike Read; yes Layla and Daisy are good communicators, but please let’s have them spending more time around the country and in local media; Question Time audience barely scratches the surface for access by the general public. That is one of our problems, that we do not reach ordinary people much with our message. We must think through how we can campaign around the country, with messages that link with what is going on in Parliament, but also show our LD vision for a better Britain and outside that bubble which few people listen to in any detail.

  • I agree this was the best LD performance I’d seen for a long time – from anyone. If I was being ultra-critical I would suggest slowing down just a tad, but I do understand the desire to make the point before the inevitable interruptions.
    It’s interesting. Of all the problems the Liberals/LibDems have faced since the mid-20th century, lack of talent in the HoC team has never been one of them. Even at our very lowest ebbs we’ve always been able to boast at least one or two MPs who are truly top level performers. Currently they are Layla, Daisy and I’d add Christine Jardine as well. No disrespect to the others – all of whom have their strengths.
    The Tory MP here was simply awful. No empathy, no compassion, and her whole demeanour was just someone who was bored and a bit resentful at having to be there. And she replaced Alan Beith in Berwick?? Sometimes voters just don’t make sense.

  • Andrew Tampion 3rd May '21 - 7:05am

    John Marriot.
    Interesting you mention the Post Office SubPostmasters scandal. Vince Cable was the Secretary of State with responsibility the Post Office nbetween 2010 and privatisation while Jo Swinson was the Minster with immediate responsibility from 2012 to privitisation. Neither appears to have done much to sort it out.

  • John Marriott 3rd May '21 - 12:12pm

    @Andrew Tampion
    Yes, indeed, it was mentioned in my Sunday paper. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and grasping the nettle (or poisoned chalice) of coalition governments exposes you to making mistakes that actually count for something and really do have long term repercussions. The scandal of the sub postmasters and mistresses, together with the cladding scandal, really does put the reneging on that ‘pledge’ on tuition fees into perspective!

    If I had been a minister, or even the CEO of the Post Office, and been confronted with all those hundreds of ‘criminals’ allegedly committing fraud, my first reaction would have been to ask what had happened to the recruitment process, which allowed these people through the net; but more crucially, how safe was the computer program that identified the fraud in the first place? Yes, of course there has always been the odd bad apple; but surely not over 700! You really do have to ask yourself whether a lack of common sense seems to be the prerequisite of being a senior manager or a leading politician?!

  • John Littler 3rd May '21 - 3:06pm

    John Roffley mentioned my comment, which as usual was deleted for dubious and unexplained reasons. What is it about this publication. I was Epping Forest Press Officer many years ago and have been a member most of the time since the 80’s Alliance.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 3rd May '21 - 5:56pm

    Would anybody explain the John Littler reference. i would like his commentary on the BBC, an organisation we are thus far, Daisy included, in thrall to, far too much!

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