Is Jo trying to tell us something?

She does love her cryptic tweets, does our leader.

Of course, she could just be introducing her boys to one of the best films of all time.

If she is, she could take inspiration from this song which should be our anthem in the weeks leading up to the expected General Election. Certainly, Jo is determined to absolutely go for it, with no limit to our ambitions.

Let’s hope we are soon saying this to Boris Johnson and his dangerous, reckless, deeply unpleasant band of charlatans and thugs.

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

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  • My guess, for what it’s worth, is Angela Smith – judging from her recent Twitter activity. Heidi Allen is almost bound to follow in due course – but, for the time being, apparently wishes to stay nominally “independent” as coordinator of ‘Unite to Remain’. However, it could be someone entirely unexpected -perhaps another ex-Tory MP, such as Antoinette Sandbach? I expect that we’ll probably find out, for certain, by Monday.

  • If this means that the MP fairy is going to leave another defector under our pillows tonight, that’s obviously great news. I would just tentatively say that I hope a bit more care is being taken with the comms than happened with Phillip Lee. If the next MP has anything in their past that is bound to upset longstanding and valued members, let’s at least make sure there is a messaging plan designed to re-assure and not inflame.
    I don’t mean to be negative. The flow of new MPs is great. But let’s just make sure we always remember our values, and the sensitivities of those who have stayed loyal and kept working for the party in the bleak times.

  • Possibly! I just saw this on the news and then I thought that in the coming months and Election campaign Jo will be handed her “Chrétien moment” – the chance to turn the tables with epic and emotive effect and I think she’ll have the wherewithal to take it! It might be another “sit down, love” but expect it and pounce!

  • Bill le Breton 7th Sep '19 - 7:35pm


    I am sure you are right when you write, “Certainly, Jo is determined to absolutely go for it, with no limit to our ambitions.” That is what I hear too.

    Of course, to achieve the maximum of our potential we have to be free to criticise Corbyn and squeeze the Labour vote at the very least in 200 seats some of which will have sitting Labour MPs. It is the only way we can get to 180+ gains.

    Do you get the sense that there will be any limits to this?

  • There should be betting markets on next Lib Dem MPs.

  • Chris Bertram 7th Sep '19 - 9:24pm

    Amber Rudd has just resigned the Tory whip. This will knock any defection to us off the headlines. 24 hr postponement would seem sensible, don’t you think?

  • @ Chris Bertram. And, according to the Sunday Times, six other members of the Cabinet share Ms Rudd’s views.

    Looks like the Johnson government is in meltdown.

  • Yeovil Yokel 7th Sep '19 - 9:45pm

    ….and tonight’s prize goes to Sean Hagan.

  • Chris Bertram 7th Sep '19 - 9:46pm

    OK, so it’s Angela Smith. Shame it will barely warrant a passing mention now.

  • Martin Land 7th Sep '19 - 9:47pm

    Angela Smith

  • Katharine Pindar 7th Sep '19 - 9:52pm

    – because he is right, according to Mark Pack. Quite dizzying, all this, but splendid!

  • Ross McLean 7th Sep '19 - 9:57pm

    Sunday Times is apparently reporting that it’s Angela Smith.

  • Tony Greaves 7th Sep '19 - 9:59pm

    I think people should just calm down a bit. I hope that the local party in Angela Smith’s seat are on board BEFORE the defection?

  • At this rate the ex-Tories will soon out number those still left in their disintegrating party. Merger with the Brexit party coming up soon, might as well jump the shark and go full xenophobia headbanger.

  • Beth Rigby has just said on Sky News Live that she has talked to one of the 21 expelled Tory rebel MPs in the last 2 days who is “actively considering” joining the LibDems. She said it as an aside in a wider conversation about Amber Rudd, and she didn’t give any clues as to who it might be. But she said it.

  • So, my guess was correct after all – but, given the sensational news about Amber Rudd’s resignation, I agree with Chris Bertram’s suggestion that it might have been better to defer announcing Angela Smith’s defection to us, probably until Monday. No mention of this so far on tonight’s BBC News. If there are any further MPs to follow in due course, I therefore hope that greater thought will be given to the timing of any announcements

  • “I know that I’m naive
    Fellows I meet may tell me I’m sweet
    And willingly I believe”

    Just, y’know, saying……

  • Geoffrey Dron 9th Sep '19 - 7:33pm

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