EXCLUSIVE : The indefatigable John Hemming has sent round an email to LibDem MPs throwing his hat in the ring! Yes!

He has sent out a position statement which is basically steady as she goes, neither right nor left etc., concluding with -

I am one of the few Members of Parliament who have the practical experience of having successfully led a political group from opposition to a position of power (in Birmingham). On issues of diversity I have delivered. As far as extra parliamentary considerations are concerned I am almost certainly the only successful entrepreneur in the parliamentary party that is also a member of a Trades Union. I will be taking soundings following this position statement.

That should sew it up…

Lynne Featherstone isn’t running.

Timetable:

31st October: nominations close.
17th December: the new leader will be announced.

Nick Robinson has got the first Ming interview.

But remember, leading the LibDems isn’t just for Christmas….

Competition Winner

There were 200 hundred entries for the Friday caption contest. Most were abysmal and shockingly unfunny. You should all apply for jobs with BBC3.
Tuscan Tony wins with;

Stands the Trust clock at five to three
As the patients stew gently in their poo poo and wee
Gordon’s response – “It can’t be me”
I’ve only been here since June 23

Which just shows how bad the other entries were. He wins a copy of the 2008 edition of The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008. If he emails his postal address Guido will stump up for the international postage…

Davey’s Dilemma

Ed Davey is in a dilemma, if he doesn’t run will he end up missing out on the crown? If young Clegg wins he could hold the leadership for a decade, with the result that some other young Turk will be jostling for the leadership when Ed is an older, balder man. Relatively old in these circumstances…

Will he stay out of it and endorse another candidate? Decisions, decisions. At the rate the LibDems change leaders, he could perhaps get another chance next year by backing Vince…

Incidentally, despite some speculation Lynne Featherstone told Guido she is “running in the other direction”. Guido suspects she will probably endorse Huhne (again).

What Has Vince Done With Ming?

Is Ming sitting alone in his old XJS Jaguar, finger poised over the ignition? His resignation letter seemed a bit curt. “Right I’m off. Sod the lot of you.”

Who wielded the dagger? Damning with feint praise was the chosen weapon of choice. Two killer quotes from the leadership team might explain why Ming has not spoken to either Hughes or Cable, the GMTV “must do better” from Hughes and the treacherous “under discussion, not under threat” comment from Cable on The World at One made it death-by-media.

Old Vince Cable trying to look solemn last night on Newsnight was a bit of a laugh. If Vince were to succeed in making his current leadership position permanent, most voters would not even notice. They would probably think that whatshisname looked a little different.

Perhaps, they might think, he was now darkening his remaining hair…

Campaign to "Save the Ming"

This is an urgent campaign on behalf of the
Labour and Conservative parties…

Judge Rules Dead Thatcherite Bonkers

A judge has ruled that a man who made a bequest leaving the Conservative party £8.3m was not of sane mind. Pharmaceutical mogul Branislav Kostic believed Margaret Thatcher was “the greatest leader of the free world in history” and that she would save the world from the “satanic monsters and freaks”.

How can that be? These are self-evident truths for the members of Conservative Way Forward, self-appointed keepers of the Thatcherite flame. Guido bumped into CWF’s Mark Allatt at the Tory Party conference, he felt the police had over-reacted to his publicity stunt – parking a 12-tonne tank outside the conference centre and unloading uniformed actors carrying AK-47 machine guns. “They were deactivated AK-47s” he protested incredulously. Not mad at all…

Rich and Mark’s Monday Morning View

Go On, Punish the PM Some More

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Something for you to play this weekend if it rains…

Hughes First to Stab Ming

Damning Ming with faint praise, Simon Hughes has just done an interview with GMTV for broadcast on Sunday:

Simon Hughes …the leadership is always an issue in all of the parties, we live in a presidential system and therefore the

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Drinks All Round – The Taxpayer is Paying

There was a veritable tax parasites ball at Westminster’s fancy Atrium restaurant on Wednesday. The BBC spent some £5,000 pouring booze down MPs throats. Perhaps they were celebrating the expected 2,000 jobs being cut at the BBC? Maybe not, but

[…]

3% Tory Lead Finishes Gordon’s Miserable Week

Graphic credit : ConservativeHome


Can you imagine the cackling of Cherie Blair? Tony sat beside her on the sofa drinking a decent bottle of Barolo, TV remote in hand, repeatedly rewinding the videotape of PMQs and cheering on Cameron in

[…]

The Tax Battle that Led to the Bottle

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: As Polly howls in pain this morning at the Brown/Darling rhetorical U-turn on tax, which she correctly recognises has razed the ideological ground ahead of Brown as he retreats, who should we credit for her torment. Osborne?

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