LDV at 10: Pick of the posts: The one with the dodgy crystal ball

On 27th August, LDV will be 10 years old. In that time, we’ve brought you over 24,000 posts and published over 337,000 comments. Over the Summer holidays, we’ll take you on a nostalgic meander through a decade of Liberal Democrat history, seen through the eyes of our editors and contributors. We hope you enjoy our choices.

LDV burst on to the scene on 27th August 2006 with a bold prediction about the forthcoming Party Presidential election. Incumbent Simon Hughes was “certain to be challenged.”

Word reaches the Voice that weeks before the position had been advertised in Lib Dem News, party officials in Cowley Street received a call requesting a copy of the nomination papers for party President – the caller was not acting on behalf of Simon Hughes.

Word also reaches us that one potential candidate is positioning himself to blitz Autumn Conference with an army of supporters bearing nomination papers, to seize the momentum.

A Presidential contest is no bad thing – though there is an argument that there are better ways to spend the money. The Voice has been told that a proposal is being put to the Federal Executive to double the campaign expenditure limit – to  £5000 per candidate.

So our crystal ball may have been a bit wonky.

It’s worth noting that our last prediction about a presidential election,  a members’ survey suggesting a Daisy Cooper win, was similarly affected by the LDV Presidential Curse.

LDV has helped party members get to know more about the Presidential candidates, though, In 2010, we covered the You Tube hustings between Tim Farron and Susan Kramer which was chaired by Helen Duffett. This was in the middle of the tuition fees debate. Here are their opening statements. In 2014, we held a hustings for candidates at the Glasgow Conference.

It might be wisest not to express an opinion on whether Sal Brinton will be opposed this year.

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