Hughes certain to be challenged for party Presidency

Word reaches the Voice that weeks before the position had been advertised in Lib Dem News, party officials in Cowley Street received a call requesting a copy of the nomination papers for party President – the caller was not acting on behalf of Simon Hughes.

Word also reaches us that one potential candidate is positioning himself to blitz Autumn Conference with an army of supporters bearing nomination papers, to seize the momentum.

A Presidential contest is no bad thing – though there is an argument that there are better ways to spend the money. The Voice has been told that a proposal is being put to the Federal Executive to double the campaign expenditure limit – to  £5000 per candidate.

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11 Comments

  • Rob Fenwick 8th Sep '06 - 2:55pm

    And before anyone asks, unfortunately I’m bound to secrecy not to say who is lining up supporters for a signature-fest at Conference! Sorry.

  • Well it’s only a week until conference so it won’t take too long to find out.

  • Heavens, you’re right – it’s crept up fast.

  • Rob Fenwick 11th Sep '06 - 8:26pm

    “Should’nt Lembit Opik be on this list?” – I felt not, given that he was roundly thrashed last time, and has faired poorly in Stephen Tall’s poll…

  • Peter Bancroft 27th Sep '06 - 2:02pm

    If people honestly think that it’s good to have an incumbant just because it’s a waste of money having an election we should instead be looking at whether we want an all-members ballot instead of asking to knobble our democratic processes so that we can deliver more focuses.

    In any case, it now looks like we won’t be getting an election, so we’ll have a few more focuses to deliver, but will we get the LDYS group in every secondary school or the 300,000 new members that we were promised in the last Presidential election?

  • I have to agree that I actaully thinka contest might have uped the game of the President somewhat.

    I supported Simon 110% last time but really don’t think he has delivered against his promises – what has happened about his membership drive?

  • Maybe it’s time to add a “not” in that headline…

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