What Lib Dem Voice members would like to see our defeated MPs do now

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the General Election results. Some 1065 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

Of the former MPs which stood for election, but failed to regain their seats we asked if you would like to see them Enter the House of Lords; Run for Mayor of London; Start work on 2020; Go on I’m a Celebrity or have no answer.
There was only one choice per MP, and I regret not asking about the Scottish Parliament / Welsh Assembly.

Below are the selected highlights:

Enter the House of Lords

    547 – Vince Cable
    463 – Charles Kennedy
    287 – Simon Hughes
    152 – Bob Russell
    124 – Nick Harvey
    114 – Lynne Featherstone
    106 – John Thurso
    100 – Norman Baker

Although we’ve already had Messrs Cable, Baker and Hughes state that they won’t be going to the Lords.

Run for Mayor of London

    240 – Lynne Featherstone
    215 – Simon Hughes
    150 – Vince Cable

Of course this will be a choice for London Liberal Democrats, and there is no pre-requisite of having been an MP to be our candidate.

Start work on 2020

    738 – Jo Swinson
    713 – Julian Huppert
    637 – Steve Webb
    620 – Ed Davey

These four had clear support from Lib Dem Voice members in hoping that they would be back in 2020, and whilst selections haven’t taken place, I’m sure the local parties would be more than welcoming if you wanted to lend a hand.

Go on I’m a Celebrity

Whether it’s to raise the profile, or just plain punishment, 136 readers wouldn’t mind seeing Danny Alexander and 86 readers David Laws having a fortnight of fun with Ant and Dec.

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  • “….Whether it’s to raise the profile, or just plain punishment, 136 readers wouldn’t mind seeing Danny Alexander and 86 readers David Laws having a fortnight of fun with Ant and Dec.”

    OK it’s a fair cop. I was one of the 136. 🙂

  • OK, if Comrade Tilley is willing to come clean, I was one of the 136 and of the 86 and I was thinking field punishment at the time!

  • We have for the first time in many years a significant number of members with recent ministerial experience. It would be a shame to waste this resource and credibility as the party seeks to develop policies to challenge the government and to supplant Labour as the progressive opposition to the Tories.

  • peter tyzack 21st May '15 - 8:32am

    Agree with Jon, though in fairness, as individuals they will want to get their lives back on keel first.

    On the question of the rule, there isn’t one, but on the principle that a PPC remains in post until the Autumn conference following the election, it would seem right and proper that a losing MP should automatically become the PPC until the constituency confirms or replaces him/her. And it should be for the Local Party to decide to judge whether to move that procedure early or later.

  • It is good for us to express opinions on these matters ( sorry, did not participate, went out of UK after elections) BUT, I think more important is what the defeated MPs feel. As seen by some already saying no to a peerage, they will have their own strong views on these matters.

  • I imagine that they will be an invaluable resource for the Parliamentary group, as well as the party as a whole, and likely much in demand this summer for fund-raisers and later AGM’s, but I do agree with Peter, they must be allowed time to relax, refresh and then decide for themselves what they wish to do. Similarly our target PPC’s.

  • Nigel Quinton 22nd May '15 - 12:12am

    My response was that almost all should be starting work on 2020, aside form those who would be too old, and even they should be starting work on 2020 on behalf of others. I really object to the option ‘send them to the Lords’! This is not what this party is about for heavens sake, we need to abolish the lords asap.

  • Michael Torpy 23rd May '15 - 12:10am

    I hope our ex MPs attempt to maintain their dignity and not damage the image of the party by appearing on nauseating programmes like Ant & Dec> Hopefully, some can resume careers, obtain meaningful work , write books,
    find work as political pundits. Start working with their local parties to regain their seats and campaign for a fair voting system.The House of Lords must be scrapped and replaced by a second chamber. The Party will recover.

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