Jo Swinson arrives at Conference

It was a truly impressive site as Jo Swinson led a group including newly elected MEPs, key seat candidates and other key party figures such as Isabelle Parasram, our Vice President BAME down the hill in the sunshine towards the Conference Centre.

Shaffaq Mohammed, Yorkshire and the Humber MEP and HazelGrove PPC Lisa Smart were on either side of her in a group that included our own Kirsten Johnson as PPC for North Devon and Wendy Chamberlain, who is challenging for the most marginal seat in the country.

The tv cameras were there. You wouldn’t believe how much work goes into a tiny 10 second clip on the news. People were gathered there for almost half an hour beforehand as  party staffers made sure that everything was going to look fantastic.

I’m always worried I’m going to get in the way, so I asked Callum Littlemore, who is brilliant at these things to drag me out if it looked like I was going to spoil a good shot.


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

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  • Tristan Ward 14th Sep '19 - 12:03pm

    Sorry. This kind of personality cult posting is pretty silly

  • David Becket 14th Sep '19 - 12:12pm

    Politicians are, in the main, not household names. Lib Dem leaders have less name recognition than others. A picture like this of our leader striding down a sunny Bournemouth hill surrounded by key Lib Dem figures will attract publicity and improve our visibility with the public. We have not seen anything like this since Paddy and Charles,
    bring it on.

  • The most recent Polling suggests that only 1 in 3 Voters know who Jo is, we need to promote Her at every opportunity.
    This is meant for Media to use in short clips, its aimed at average, not-very-interested Voters, not LDV readers.

  • Shelagh Hemelryk 14th Sep '19 - 2:06pm

    Am a new convert to the present Lib Dem party mainly because of Brexit. I hope we will continue with the success of the MEP elections. Am not a fan of referenda so hope Jo’s decision to revoke will work. Think MP’s must get a high profile. Many local Lib Dems I have met are very nice but a little lacking in personality. Sadly selling any party has to be a bit of an ‘act’, but Lib Dems have the real sincerity that must be behind that. Was a huge fan of Nick Clegg and need that sort of personality to appeal to general public.

  • @ Shelagh Hemelryk: “Many Local Lib Dems I have met are very nice but a little lacking in personality.”
    Well, that’s certainly telling them – and I’m sure that they love you too! Anyway, welcome to the growing Lib Dem “family” – although you will probably find that most of us put a higher premium on values and principles, and personal “character” (e.g. judgement, empathy and integrity), rather than mere charisma or force of personality.

  • Nobody hates those sorts of cult like stunts more than me. However they are an essential part of creating media content. Normal people pay very little attention to politics so the 10 second clip on the news because conference is on is a key shop window. However frustrating it is spending hours making that 10 second clip look good is worth it.

  • Richard Underhill 14th Sep '19 - 9:00pm

    Martin: Beware homophones, especially if they pass spellcheckers.
    The Liberal Democrat federal conference has upstaged the cricket score against Australia at the Oval and the Last Night of the Proms.
    Welcome Sam – a voice of sweet reason.

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