Liberal Youth … the story continues

LDV yesterday reported that Elaine Bagshaw has resigned as Chair of the party’s Liberal Youth organisation. Well, two quick updates to that story:

First, the Liberal Youth executive has issued a statement thanking Elaine for her contribution as Chair since 2008. You can read it in full here.

Secondly, James Shaddock, Liberal Youth’s Vice-Chair Communications, has today followed Elaine in resigning his post. You can read his statement here.

An eventful 24 hours in the life of Liberal Youth. Feel free to contribute your informed speculation below …

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  • Pity that as a communications VC he can’t tell the difference between “it’s” and “its” …..

  • Chris Wiggin 12th Jan '10 - 2:49pm

    I think in this situation there are slightly more important factors at play than petty grammar issues

  • Chris Harrison 12th Jan '10 - 2:56pm

    No, this is Liberal Youth and as ever, there are no actually important issues at play at all. I would make a plea to anyone wishing to resign to consider the messages that they’re publically trailed resignations send out to the membership and wider public. They are the youth wing of the party, not the Cabinet. We do not want or need lengthy and self-indulgent resignation statements to be posted on the website, nor do we need them to be Twittered by the Liberal Youth account. Those mechanisms exist to promote good news and activitity, not internal processes and resignations. Please, think of the impression that such things create. Whoever is being co-opted as VC Comms should remove them.

  • Martin Shapland 12th Jan '10 - 3:05pm
  • Martin Shapland 12th Jan '10 - 3:12pm

    @Niklas – the letter demanding that Elaine Resign – signed by 7 Exec Officers

  • Martin Shapland 12th Jan '10 - 3:23pm

    @Niklas I suggest you direct that question at the new acting chair – Alan Belmore… I don’t have a view either way as I’m not on the executive…

  • Tony Greaves 12th Jan '10 - 7:07pm

    So is this about personalities or is there an ideological basis to the factions? If so can someone explain what they are please?

    Tony Greaves

  • It is personality-based, certainly – though I think, in many cases those on different sides DID ultimately identify with different political preferences too. Coincidence perhaps – but I wouldn’t want anyone to infer from that that the difficulties Liberal Youth has had during Elaine’s term has been just a matter of who goes to the right parties or likes the same music.

    It’s a question of management style and organisational objectives far more than any “cliqueyness” than may exist.

    However, the situation has been resolved, LY is moving on and any post mortem should probably take place in a closed forum.

  • Thomas Hemsley 12th Jan '10 - 10:57pm

    Elaine and James gave an amazing amount to Liberal Youth. Their drive and commitment to the organisation, the intellect which they brought to their work, and the zeal with which they built it up, will all be remembered for a long time. They made it the organisation which it is today, and I’ll miss them a lot. I consider them friends, and was sad to see them go.

  • @ Chris Wiggin –
    it appears from the postings that there are NOT any real important issues here –
    So – it’s (sic) not just petty grammar issues (in fact – it’s not grammar at all), it’s showing that this officer in charge of communications cannot write standard English.

  • Hi Niklas

    Looking at the branch contacts list in front of me…. you’re not on it. (You may be on a mythical fourth list that was written online last year, but that’s been disappeared)

    Otherwise I would have called you by now 😉

    I have got in touch with Joe Rinaldi Johnson to try and get your details, but if you want you can send them to [email protected] or 07588766742.

    Interim LY Comms Team

  • James Shaddock 15th Jan '10 - 11:00am

    @ Tony – Not really ideological. As an Exec member, I was there to represent the views of my members, not my own (I guess I’d say I’m an Orange Book centrist)

    @ Niklas – Martin is correct, there is a letter signed by 7 of those left on the Exec. I’ll gladly provide you, or anyone else (including Lib Dem Voice), with a copy. (Perk of backing up all my emails before jumping ship)

    @ Geoffery – Spot on. People, instead of complaining about the way you dislike the youth wing , why not get involved and ensure such things don’t happen again, and work towards joint successes like ‘The Wave’. Heed the calls in mine and Elaine’s resignation letters. GET INVOLVED!

    @ Felix – Did it not cross your pedantic little mind (I assume it’s little as you are criticising my English when you can’ even put capitals in your name correctly) that resigning was quite a hard, emotional thing to do and so grammar and punctuation were not my priority?

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