Result – Lib Dem London Assembly list selection

With a hat-tip to Mark Pack, here is the result of the internal Liberal Democrat party election to select the order of candidates for our London Assembly list:

1.Caroline Pidgeon (incumbent)
2.Emily Davey
3.Merlene Emerson (elevated from 5th to 3rd due to ethnic diversity rules)
4.Rob Blackie
5.Stephen Knight (incumbent)
6.Zack Polanski
7.Duwayne Brooks
8.Dawn Barnes
9.Annabel Mullin
10.Marisha Ray
11.Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
12.Ben Mathis
13.Pauline Pearce
14.Teena Lashmore
15.Brian Haley
16.Mark Platt

Number of eligible voters: 9,462
Total number of votes cast: 3,755
Turnout: 39.7%

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Congratulations to those near the top of the list, and commiserations to those further down (who are all splendid Lib Dem campaigners). In past elections all our London Assembly members, which have varied from two to five, have obtained their seat via the party list, so this is significant.

  • Sir Norfolk Passmore 26th Sep '15 - 10:44am

    Congratulations to those in the top places – this is a really strong list and creates a genuine incentive for members to campaign hard. They would make an excellent team if we can get three or four elected in May.

  • Is it really necessary to include the note that no 3 was elevated from no 5 to no 3 ” because of ethnic diversity rules”?

    It’s publicly humiliating that person .

  • paul barker 26th Sep '15 - 2:13pm

    I dont want to sound downbeat but we should be realistic about our likely achievments in London. The most probable result for us will be one assembly member – thats what we should be telling the media. Currently we have been consistently around 8% in the national Polls but we usually get less in London. Theres a good chance of us getting two GLA Members but three would be an absolutly fantastic result – something to shout about.
    a small point, its up to everyone on the list to get any media coverage they can – the Media can quite reasonably point out that we are a fringe Party in London & irrelevant to The Mayoral contest for now at least. We have to fight & beg for every scrap of media attention we can get.

  • Paul Barker being realistic shock….

  • Lester Holloway 26th Sep '15 - 6:27pm

    As far as I know, there is zipping in place for women too. It would appear that the zipping wasn’t needed on this occasion, but if less women had made the top 3 this would have come into being. Therefore to mention the BAME zipping but not the presence of gender zipping (even if not used) seems unfair.

  • Congratulations to all the candidates and good luck to the higher placed ones!

    The “diversity” rules are an embarrassment and should be scrapped. For every ‘winner’ gaining an adjustment, there will be a loser, and who is to say that they are not ‘diverse’ in other ways? Certainly the chance of anything other than an all-female LibDem Assembly team (which admittedly is a nice change from the opposite, but still not diverse) looks very slim indeed.

  • Anthony Fairclough 26th Sep '15 - 8:31pm

    As the existing London Assembly group is balanced in terms of gender, no positive action in favour of women/men was allowed – indeed, the Regional Exec were advised it would be unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

    As for the announcement; the formal declaration of results could only be made after the 7 day deadline for appeals against the results had passed, and so it was therefore made directly to the candidates and the relevant local and national party officers yesterday afternoon. The London LD website was to be updated this afternoon, including full results – although am not sure if it has yet. There will also be an email to London members on Monday.

    List candidates were, of course, very keen to celebrate their results, which is why this information is in the public domain, and on people’s blogs.

  • The party faces many challenges in London and competing against the Greens is a big one. Cllr Joe Otten knows first hand the Green threat to Lib Dem vote with his first hand experience in Sheffield Central Would it be such a bad idea to use his knowledge in London in what will be a tight race.

  • I was very sad to see that my former LGA Lib Dem Group Colleague, Stephen Knight has been effectively ‘de-selected’ by London Lib Dem Members. I don’t know what he has perceived to have done so wrong to deserve being booted out after one term on the GLA.

  • Laurence Cox 27th Sep '15 - 11:34am

    We all need to get behind the message “Re-Elect Caroline Pidgeon to the London Assembly by voting Lib Dem on the list vote.” Because Stephen Knight is now down in 5th place, we cannot promote Caroline and Stephen as the existing Assembly members, because it is extremely unlikely that we will get five AMs. With luck and an increase in our vote share that we are already seeing in bye-elections, we could see two or even three Lib Dem AMs. But as good as the numbers 2 and 3 on the list are, it is no disrepect to them to say that they are not well known to the general public. This is why it is essential that all our campaigning is based on Caroline’s good work and high profile.

  • Clive Jones 27th Sep '15 - 1:46pm

    Its a shame that some members think Stephen is deselected. Wouldn’t it be great to get the first 5 elected! If we get three elected are we happy with the diversity of the candidates? No men?
    I would be interested to know how much money was spent by each candidate in this internal party election?

  • Anthony Fairclough 27th Sep '15 - 5:32pm

    Full London Assembly List results are here:

  • Might help explain a certain recent defection!

  • Surely the London Lib Dems should become a distinct party within the Federal like the Welsh and Scottish parties with their own leader and (possibly) spokepersons on matters devolved to the GLA? That way it would actually begin to look like we were serious about UK Federalism.

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