LDV 2008 Awards: the Lib Dem lists – your nominations, please!

Last year, we asked Lib Dem Voice readers to nominate, and then vote for, your Liberal Voice of the Year: the winner was Shami Chakrabati. This year, the LDV end-of-the-year awards are back, and they’re bigger and better than ever before.

In total, there are eight categories for which we’re seeking nominations; the LDV Collective will draw up and publish the short-lists; and then seek your votes via a poll run according to the single transferable vote. How impeccably liberal can you get?

Today, we’re seeking nominations for the following four categories which relate directly to the Liberal Democrats:

The LDV 2008 Awards

Liberal Democrat Politician of the Year
Please nominate the elected representative you believe has had the best year: nominees may be members of any elected body within the UK.

Liberal Democrat Campaigner of the Year
Please nominate the Lib Dem you believe has campaigned most effectively in the past year, whether nationally or locally.

Liberal Democrat By-election Performance of the Year
Please nominate the Lib Dem by-election campaign, local or national, which you believe has been the most successful in the past year.

Most Desperate Press Release of the Year by a Liberal Democrat
Please nominate the most trying-too-hard press release you’ve seen issued by a Liberal Democrat, locally or nationally, in the past year.

Please submit your nominations in the comments section below, making it clear in which category your nominations belong.

Tomorrow we’ll publish the list of categories for the non-Lib Dem LDV 2008 Awards.

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  • In that case Darrell I’ll nominate Lynne Featherstone who speaks with authority on social issues equal to that which Vince Cable speaks on economic matters.

    Her contribution to the Baby P debate was incisive and insightful, while she has proved a successful campaigner in the equality brief.

    I for one will be very disappointed if she doesn’t get promoted at the earliest opportunity. She is a leading light of the party.

  • I too think Lynne Featherstone deserves the LD politician of the year.

  • For most desperate press release: “Lembit: time for Lib Dems to stop the conspiracy against me

  • Jon Rogers wrote: “For Liberal Democrat By-election Performance of the Year may I nominate St George West October 2008 in Bristol? Tony Potter for the Lib Dems came from third place in 2007 to overcome the inevitable Labour & Conservative attempts at squeeze to win by 107 votes! Everyone involved worked very hard!”

    If this was such an important victory, isn’t it a bit strange, then, that he still isn’t listed as a councillor on the website of Bristol Liberal Democrats?

  • David Morton 13th Dec '08 - 7:13pm

    Sorry to be Unoriginal but it really has to be

    1. Vince for Parliamentarian of the Year. I can’t remember when a single politican has led for so long so well on such an important issue.

    2. Although its a little navel gazing Ros Scott has to be campaigner of the Year. A genuine grass roots landslide against an opponent with mega name recognition in a contest that favours name recognition.

    3. I agree with James Graham. It was just under a year ago so the God gaff over what wasn’t really a God Gaffe in the first place.

  • Lembit’s conspiracy theory – yes, honourable mention.

    Clegg’s “vast bulk” of tax cuts, a week before Conference – well, that’s what drove this activist away from activism, so I hope you’ll excuse me giving this another honourable mention.

    Looking back on that period, it seems clear that somebody (Vince?) sharply reined in our dear leader at that point. The tax cuts then became relatively modest at Conference itself. Since then they have of course changed again, partly because of the crisis, and then again because of further dithering. What will the New Year hold, I wonder….?

    But my nomination has to go to that Cleggover interview with Piers Morgan. Never mind whether or not it bothers you personally to hear your leader discuss his bedroom technique in public. Ask yourself what the people who vote, most of whom seem to be pensioners, will be thinking!

  • So I can nominate both, I’d suggest Lynne Featherstone for POTY for consistently talking sense and reacting well to a local crisis & Vince Cable for campaigner of the year for constantly pressing the government, supposedly strong on economics, into retreats and bad press over the world financial situation.

    Most desperate press release; gotta be Lembit’s one about the Stop Opik campaign, although Nick Clegg’s Piers Morgan interview deserves an honourable mention.

  • For by-election campaigner of the year, it has to be Ian Robertson (Glasgow East). In an unwinnable seat he fought really hard and consistently came out as the most intelligent candidate.

  • Andy,

    Sorry, this is going to be painful, but here are the facts. The transcript is at


    and here it is:

    PM Do you think you’re good in bed?
    NC Um… er… I don’t think I am particularly brilliant or particularly bad! [Laughs]


    PM How many women would actually know for a fact if you’re good in bed?
    NC [Spluttering] Er… not a… not a list as long as yours, I’m sure.
    PM How many are we talking: ten, 20, 30?
    NC No more than 30.
    PM So there are 30 women out there who could answer the question.
    NC It’s a lot less than that.
    PM And what would the general consensus be, do you think?
    NC You’d have to ask them!
    PM Ever had any complaints?
    NC Oh God yes, of course.
    PM Many?
    NC No.

  • David Allen 14th Dec '08 - 4:50pm

    Andy, next time I make a memory error, I hope I’m as gracious about it as you’ve been.

  • Press release award should surely be Steve Webb’s “we’ve got more facebook friends than the other parties” announcement

  • I agree with Jon Rogers

    The Bristol St George West by-election was a wonderful achievement. Both Labour and Tories poured in support from all across the region, knowing that a Lib Dem victory would take us closer to majority control next June.

    Yet the Lib Dems won, coming from third place to record a comfortable majority.

  • Politician of the year – it has to be Vince, doesn’t it? Although I do think that Lynne Featherstone has run him close recently.

    Campaigner of the Year – Ros Scott. To get the size of the vote she did in the Presidential election definately needs a good campaign.

    By-election performance – there will be local elections which I’m not aware of, but the national elections have been so bad that perhaps this category should be witheld this year?

    Press release – Got to be Lembit’s after the presidential election…

  • How strictly must the most desperate press release be a press release? I can see, that many have referred to interviews.

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