Glitterball photo by pixelthingNever in the field of Liberal Democrat fundraisers has one event attracted quite so much media attention as the Lib Dem Disco which is due to take place in just 10 days’ time at our Glasgow Conference.

This has been arranged by Cambridge Liberal Democrats to raise  funds for Julian Huppert’s re-election campaign. He will MC the event, assisted by 4 guest DJs, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael Don Foster and, wait for it, me. The idea is that people bet on who they think will win the esteemed title of DJ of the Night. Those who bet on the winner will be entered into a prize draw to win a week in France.

It was announced on 4th September and attracted the attention of the New Statesman, City AM, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Cambridge News which has been busy with the photoshop on Mr Huppert. Two of these esteemed publications had me down as an MP,  a prospect which would drive fear into the heart of any Chief Whip.

I was first approached to take part in this at the beginning of August on the day before I went on holiday. In a moment of utter madness I accepted the kind invitation. My teenager’s reaction on discovering what I was going to do was not the best vote of confidence I’d ever had.

Teenager's disco vote of confidence


One of my rivals said on Facebook that there would indeed be blood and tears. He didn’t elaborate on whose though.

When I texted my husband to tell him about my involvement in this enterprise, I added “Please don’t divorce me.” I didn’t get the immediate reassurance I was hoping for. That only came when he realised that I wasn’t seeking to borrow any of his records. Like Joey in Friends doesn’t share food, Bob does not lend records. He also finds my taste in music to be a bit of a cross that he has to bear. He is the coolest guy on the block. When he got his bus pass 3 years ago, he used it to have actual DJ lessons. He loves all the classy stuff they play in the Balearic nightclubs whereas I go for trash, the more camp the better.

Another of my rivals, DJ Fazza T, aka Fatboy Tim, has used his spot on the Lib Dem Disco website to try to intimidate the electorate. In response to the question “why should people bet on you?”

Because as President, I have access to the membership database and know where you live

Except that’s not very scary because we all know that at some point over the next few months that he’s going to turn up on all our doorsteps to drag us out leafletting anyway.

My own pitch for votes is very simple. I’m up against 3 pillars of the Liberal Democrat establishment. I’m clearly the underdog, and Liberal Democrats love an underdog, right? Also, I don’t have a reputation to protect, so I can be as outrageous and spill as many beans as I like.

I would also like to ask for your help in making up my playlist. I have 3 floor-fillers in mind, which I will keep a closely guarded secret. You may have some better suggestions, though, so I’m more than happy to crowd-source. I’m also open to any fashion tips you might have for the occasion…

What do you think would be appropriate for DJ Cazzie Sparkle? I should tell you where I got the inspiration for my name. When I went to Manchester for Social Liberal Forum conference last year, I met up with some friends and we went for a wander down Canal Street. It was the first day of the annual festival to celebrate transgender people, Sparkle. It was such a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, full of brightness and laughter. At the bottom of the street, in the city’s Sackville Gardens, though, came a reminder of how difficult life can be for transgender people. A memorial garden for victims of transphobic hate crime was to be opened at the end of the Festival. As a liberal,  it pains me that people aren’t accepted as they are and I want to fight the forces of prejudice with everything I’ve got. Sadly, just a few days after opening, the memorial garden was vandalised and was only recently restored. So my Sparkle is to honour those transgender people who have been vilified and abused just for being themselves and who have done so much to make life easier for the next generation.

I hope to see you at the event. If you can’t make it to Conference you can still take part in the betting process. Everything you want to know can be found at the Lib Dem Disco website. It is bound to be one of the highlights of Conference. Of course, the anteroom for it is the Liberal Democrat Voice awards which take place in Castle 2 of the Crowne Plaza at 10pm that night. The glamour starts there.



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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • I’m afraid I shall be at the BOTYs that night. Play some Alice Cooper for me. I suppose Elected would be appropriate.

  • paul barker 24th Sep '14 - 6:35pm

    I think you,d make a great MP/MSP. How about something by The Small Faces, All or Nothing perhaps ?

  • Perhaps you could invite the SNP along, they seem to have lots of members these days!
    Scary that they have 60,000 now, given that ScotLab has about 16,000, and the LibDems have 44,000 – in the whole UK..

  • Harry Hayfield 25th Sep '14 - 8:26am

    I’m not a big one of discos sadly, but might I suggest the following tunes to get people in the right sort of mood:
    “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” by PJ and Duncan
    “The Happy Wanderer” written by Frank Weir
    “To You I Belong” by B*Witched
    “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the BackStreet Boys
    “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega
    “Auld Lang Syne” written by Robert “Rabbie” Burns

  • Rabi Martins 25th Sep '14 - 9:48am

    My vote will go to the D.J. who plays ” I’m Sorry” sung by NC Lib Dem !

  • Rather irrelevantly it’s “Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble” as the original phrase is copyrighted by Michael Buffer.

  • Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns and Roses is always a floor-filler in my experience. As is The Land by the LSB Crew.

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