Jason Zadrozny: I could be a strong grass roots voice as Lib Dem President

I believe that the President of the Liberal Democrats should be elected.

On Thursday I declared my intention to stand as Party President. I believe it is so important for our Party to have a President who is not an MP.

In Nick Clegg we have an exceptional Leader who is at the heart of Government. In Simon Hughes we have an outstanding Deputy Leader representing our Parliamentary Party at the highest level.

What we need is a President who can represent the grass roots. The Party President is the highest representative of the grass roots and should be elected by the grass roots.

As a Council leader and PPC in Ashfield at the last General Election, I know how hard our activists work all year round. The 17% swing we achieved in Ashfield was down to the hard work of volunteers like you. That hard work got us into Government, and now those same grass roots Lib Dems deserve a voice.

With the best will in the world, none of our MPs can be that voice. All of our MPs are whipped by the Government and are not free to speak out, even if they would like to.

The Party President should be a voice for Lib Dem members up and down the Country. They should say what Lib Dem members are thinking and should only answer to those members, not the Government’s chief whip.

We have an historic opportunity to deliver the change we have all fought so hard for. To make Britain a fairer place, to change our politics and put the rights of the citizen first. Lib Dem members who have campaigned so hard to deliver deserve to be represented at the heart of that process.

The President should work positively with the Party’s leadership to deliver our agenda. They should be the voice of the grass roots and should never have to choose sides.

I believe I can be a strong voice for grass roots Lib Dems.

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Party Presidency.
Advert

3 Comments

  • bitter and twisted 20th Sep '10 - 1:59pm

    Sadly, you’ve no chance. Our lords and masters in the party have already decided it is to be Tim 4 prez. Just look at the bushy numbers he was given at conference.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • Charles Smith
    The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling on Friday, made clear their views on abortion, with the conservative majority overturning the ...
  • Paul Barker
    We need to be prepared for Johnson to call a snap Election at any moment - he is already thinking about the Autumn but if it looks like Tory Backbenchers are mo...
  • Christopher Haigh
    A view from West Yorkshire The combination of the two leadership sirs is going down very well with the electorate Mainstream voters are not put off by prospect...
  • Roland
    @John Lib Dem Whilst I largely agree with you, the problem we have is many Conservatives and their backers like to follow the US. So I would not rule out the c...
  • Brad Barrows
    So, will Boris gamble on some quick policy announcements followed by an election in September? A friend of mine is an SNP activist and he informed me that the S...