Kate Parminter to join post-election negotiating team

Kate ParminterAbout  a year ago, Nick Clegg announced that the members of the post-election negotiating team would be Danny Alexander, Steve Webb, Sal Brinton, Lynne Featherstone and David Laws.

As Party President, Sal will be closely involved in any post-election moves so it is appropriate that she should be replaced on the negotiating team itself.

According to Michael Crick, Channel 4’s political correspondent:

Kate Parminter is perhaps not as well known as the other team members, but is a welcome addition. She has been involved in conservation issues throughout her life, having been Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and most recently as an adviser to charities and companies on corporate social responsibility. She has served as a local councillor in Horsham.

 

 

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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17 Comments

  • Shouldn’t they wait and see who has a seat before deciding on the team? Or are MPs who can’t even hold their own seat going to take part?

  • I very much approve of this appointment. I was very impressed with Kate when she came and spoke at my local party.

  • Will Danny & Lyne still be part of the team if they lose their seats ?

  • Dr Michael Taylor 16th Mar '15 - 6:53pm

    Another thread where the doomsayers and anti cleggites are running the party down.

  • Dr Michael Taylor 16th Mar '15 - 6:57pm

    Oh and by the way if we were to go back into government we wouldn’t automatically have a leadership election unless 75 local parties ask for it and they didn’t after the Euro Elections. A leadership election is only obligatory if we are NOT in government and then only within 12 months of the election.

  • Dr Michael Taylor 16th Mar ’15 – 6:53pm …Another thread where the doomsayers and anti cleggites are running the party down…..

    Strange how the loss of 10 MEPs, hundreds of LCs, lost deposits, single figure poll ratings, etc. under Clegg’s leadership are considered of less importance than criticism of Clegg…

  • Stephen Hesketh 16th Mar '15 - 9:18pm

    Dr Michael Taylor 16th Mar ’15 – 6:57pm
    “Oh and by the way if we were to go back into government we wouldn’t automatically have a leadership election unless 75 local parties ask for it and they didn’t after the Euro Elections. A leadership election is only obligatory if we are NOT in government and then only within 12 months of the election.”

    Demonstrates exactly the same lack of judgement as shown by Ashdown in his ill-fated attempt at putting down Tim Farron.

    Clearly things are now getting desperate in the Orange Book Club.

    The ordinary party membership will have that vote. And we will reclaim our party for the cause of Social Justice Liberal Democracy.

  • Stephen Hesketh 17th Mar '15 - 7:41am

    Back to the topic … although I am not personally aware of Kate Parminter’s qualities and qualifications for this role I am happy to follow Simon Oliver’s lead.

    What I am distinctly unhappy with is the lack of transparency and democratic process in the selection of the team.

    Clearly once the election is over, and having served our purpose, the foot soldiers can ‘return to their homes and prepare to be ignored’.

  • This announcement is hubristic in the extreme. By all means have a conversation about who might make up a negotiating team should need/opportunity arise but don’t talk about it in public. It is a complete hostage to fortune.

  • They could do that Robin. The people like me criticise the lack of preparation for negotiations in a hung Parliament situation 🙂

    There probablity is a hung parliament, preparing for how you deal with that – and being open about what the process will be is a good thing

  • Dr Michael Taylor 16th Mar ’15 – 6:53pm
    “Another thread where the doomsayers and anti cleggites are running the party down.”

    Always a joy to read a happy, positive and encouraging comment from Michael Taylor.

    I cannot wait for his congratulatory comment praising Paddy Ashdown for shooting the party in the foot or his comment praising Danny Alexander for his fund-raising skills.

    It does not matter what the issue of the day is you can rely on Michael Taylor to blame the poor bl@@dy infantry.

  • David Evans 17th Mar '15 - 3:07pm

    So having had four MPs failing to get a half decent deal last time – Sorry Tim 3/10 from me for the coalition negotiations team’s deal in 2010 – we now have four MPs and a member of the HoL – at least three from Nick’s inner circle and the other two from the South East. Nice to see a good dose of diversity there then.

  • Why is Danny Alexander on the list? Was noone else interested? Are there any examples of him successfully negotiating with other parties?

  • It seems to me that it is a good thing to have the membership of the negotiating team settled in advance. It can be changed if needs be, but at least it signals to the electorate and to the other parties that we are serious about coalition negotiations, and thinking in terms of a responsible and stable coalition arrangement rather than a less stable “confidence and supply” arrangement.

    That said, for now we need to get on with seeking as many seats and as many votes as possible.

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