Telegraph’s annual list of 50 most influential Liberal Democrats is out…

It’s Liberal Democrat conference, so it’s time for the latest Iain Dale / Daily Telegraph list of the 50 most influential Liberal Democrats. Of course our interest in covering the story on Lib Dem Voice is in no way related to two of the team appearing in the list…

In less than shocking news, Nick Clegg still tops the list at #1. Up to #2 is Vince Cable, followed by Tim Farron, Danny Alexander and then Nick Clegg’s Chief of Staff (and former double winning general election agent) Jonathan Oates.

Going further down the rankings finds the double blogger appearances:

32. (+7) Mark Pack
Co-editor, Liberal Democrat Voice
Mark Pack is a key player in the LibDem blogosphere, including being Co-Editor of the successful Liberal Democrat Voice blog. Co-author of 101 Ways To Win An Election, he is also considered one of the party’s key thinkers on campaigning tactics and organization. He left his job at LibDem HQ to take up a position with a communications consultancy, but is still a figure of influence behind the scenes. He is a close political ally of Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone. He is increasingly used by the mainstream media as a pundit, especially BBC News and Radio 4.

41. (NEW) Stephen Tall
Co-editor, Liberal Democrat Voice
Stephen Tall’s influence stems for Liberal Democrat Voice, the must-read site for party activists which hehelped take over running when its founder, Rob Fenwick, stood down. It is Tall who runs the site’s surveys of party members, whose results often find their way into the media. A Research Associate at CentreForum, Tall is usually more at home with the politics of David Laws than of Simon Hughes, but rarely picks factional fights, being a critical friend of the party who prefers to talk up its achievements rather than knock them down.

Any such list always provokes plenty of debate about who is in, who is up, who is down, who is out – and why. However it’s still well worth a read, especially for the pen portraits of party figures who are important but not always familiar names to party members. You can read it here.

* Mark Pack is a member of the Federal Board and editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire. He is a candidate for Party President.

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