So, How Did Lord Oakeshott Do?

So how did former LibDem Lord Oakeshott do in his £600,000 donation spending spree that he described as “doing his bit to save UK from Tory government cringing to Ukip”. Just six candidates he backed financially won their seats. As for the rest? Well have a look:

Jessica Asato (Norwich North) – LOST
Catherine Atkinson (Erewash) – LOST
Nick Bent (Warrington South) – LOST
Louise Baldock (Stockton South) – LOST
Polly Billington (Thurrock) – LOST
Lisa Forbes (Peterborough) – LOST
Victoria Fowler (Nuneaton) – LOST
James Frith (Bury North) – LOST
Sophy Gardner (Gloucester) – LOST
Jamie Hanley (Pudsey) – LOST
Sarah Jones (Croydon Central) – LOST
Uma Kumaran (Harrow East) – LOST
Amina Lone (Morecambe and Lunesdale) – LOST
Jo McCarron (Kingswood) – LOST
Natasha Millward (Dudley South) – LOST
Lara Norris (Great Yarmouth) – LOST
Sarah Owen (Hastings & Rye) – LOST
Nancy Platts (Brighton Kemptown) – LOST
Lucy Rigby (Lincoln) – LOST
Will Scobie (Thanet South) – LOST
Lee Sherriff (Carlisle) – LOST
Joy Squires (Worcester) – LOST
Will Straw (Rossendale and Darwen) – LOST
Sharon Taylor (Stevenage) – LOST
Janos Toth (Cannock Chase) – LOST
Julia Tickridge (Weaver Vale) – LOST
Norman Baker MP (Lewes) – LOST
Lorley Burt (Solihull) – LOST
Helen Flynn (Harrogate & Knaresborough) – LOST
Martin Horwood MP (Cheltenham) – LOST
Ros Kayes (Dorset West) – LOST
Tessa Munt MP (Wells) – LOST
Julie Porksen (Berwick-upon-Tweed) – LOST
Jackie Porter (Winchester) – LOST
David Rendel (Somerton & Frome) – LOST
Dan Rogerson MP (North Cornwall) – LOST
Adrian Sanders MP (Torbay) – LOST
Vikki Slade (Mid Dorset & North Poole) – LOST
Dorothy Thornhill (Watford) – LOST
Jenny Willott MP (Cardiff Central) – LOST


Another Broken LibDem Promise

During the election campaign Danny Alexander claimed that he would be leaving a reply to Liam Byrne in the drawer of the desk of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. It wasn’t very witty:

Well sadly it seems he’s broken that promise. Incoming Chief Secretary Greg Hands has found the drawer empty:

Is nothing sacred?

LibDem Leadership Election Timetable

Following the agreement of the Liberal Democrat Federal Executive and the party’s returning officer please find below the timetable for the election of the new party leader of the Liberal Democrats

  • Opening of nominations: 13th of May 2015
  • Close of nominations: 3rd of June 2015
  • Dispatch of ballot papers: 24th of June 2015
  • Deadline for ballot papers to be returned: 15th of July 2015
  • Count and declaration of the winner: 

Shouldn’t take too long to count the votes.

Hames Homes Hypocrisy

LibDem Duncan Hames got down and dirty in 2010, blasting his Tory opponent for being “a Devon farmer who splits his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people”. Five years on and the MP defending a perilous 2,000 majority has done rather well for himself during his time in parliament.

Hames declares on his Statement of Persons Nominated that he lives at an address in Holt, in his Chippenham constituency.

His wife, fellow LibDem MP Jo Swinson, discloses on her election forms that she lives in Bearsden, in her East Dumbartonshire constituency. Mr and Mrs Hames either live separate lives or must be spending time at each other’s ‘main’ homes.

Swinson also claims on expenses for another property in London, where they live together during the week.

Five years after attacking his opponent for the very same thing, Hames is now: “Splitting his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people…”

LibDem Women’s Manifesto

It’s a parody…

Economist Backs Tory-Led Coalition

“Mr Miliband believes that living standards are squeezed because markets are rigged—and that the government can step in to fix them. He would freeze prices while “reviewing” energy markets, clamp down on the most flexible “zero-hour” labour contracts and limit rent rises. Along with this suspicion of private markets is an aversion to competition in the public sector, leading to proposals for, say, a cap on profit margins when private companies contract to provide services for the NHS.

Mr Miliband is fond of comparing his progressivism to that of Teddy Roosevelt, America’s trustbusting president. But the comparison is false. Rather than using the state to boost competition, Mr Miliband wants a heavier state hand in markets—which betrays an ill-founded faith in the ingenuity and wisdom of government. Even a brief, limited intervention can cast a lasting pall over investment and enterprise—witness the 75% income-tax rate of France’s president, François Hollande. The danger is all the greater because a Labour government looks fated to depend on the SNP, which leans strongly to the left.

On May 7th voters must weigh the certainty of economic damage under Labour against the possibility of a costly EU exit under the Tories. With Labour, the likely partnership with the SNP increases the risk. For the Tories, a coalition with the Lib Dems would reduce it. On that calculus, the best hope for Britain is with a continuation of a Conservative-led coalition. That’s why our vote is for Mr Cameron.”

Paving the way for the FT?

Balanced BBC Forget Half the Election News Today

Head over to the BBC Election hub today and you won’t you won’t see Britain’s best read newspaper backing the Tories as a featured top story, nor the fact an opinion poll from a respected pollster has the Tories leading by five points. Apparently Natalie Bennett talking about climate change is news…

Tories Deny Tapping Up LibDems Over Coalition 2.0

The Tories “unequivocally” deny making any overtures, however LibDem sources familiar with the situation say they have held informal talks with their former coalition counterparts about streamlining the departments in a second government.

One suggestion is that DCMS and BIS could be merged into one department, run by Sajid Javid. There have long been rumours that Osborne is not averse to abolishing DCMS. This would mean the media and telecoms brief – transferred away from BIS after Vince Cable’s “war on Murdoch” comments – would be brought back under the responsibility of the new Business Secretary.

The LibDems’ price for Cable’s demotion would be taking DfE. Clegg last week demanded a LibDem Education Secretary and last night declared education spending a red line in any deal. It was initially speculated that Clegg might want the job for himself, though sources suggest David Laws could be their choice for Secretary of State. The Tories insist any suggestion of any pre-election deal is “b*llocks”.  Of course if the LibDems lose the bulk of their 57 seats it all becomes immaterial… 

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…[…]


LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:



Paddy Ashdown Says “Bastards” 7 Times in 4 Minutes on BBC News

Via @liarpoliticians


LibDems Promise to “End Online Privacy”

lib dems

The LibDems were forced to make a swift apology yesterday after an email sent to supporters promised to “end online privacy.” Thanks for clearing that up[…]


Inside the Bizarre Lib Dem Manifesto Launch


Guido headed across the river to the Lib Dem Manifesto launch held in a Battersea warehouse that has been turned into a “creative space.” It was so creative that to accuses the venue, you had to wander down a graffiti strewn brick passageway that opened up into bizarre neon nightclub.[…]


LibDem Manifesto In Full



Lib Dems Come Out For SnapChat

clegg selfie snapchat

In an attempt to secure some much needed credibility ahead of the election, the Liberal Democrats have come out in support of teenage sexting apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp. If by any chance they find themselves in government again, they plan to introduce a measure that will prevent the government from obstructing availability, or weakening the encryption technologies that lie at the heat of Snapchat type applications:

“individuals and families need to have confidence that their private information, photos and conversations are not vulnerable to hackers”

The measure was announced as part of the conveniently timed launch of the Lib Dems’ Digital Rights Bill which they would introduce if they are part of another coalition government.[…]


From Saudi to Suffolk

Most candidates try to make the most of any local links they have to the constituency in which they are running. No one can say this of David Chappell, the LibDem hopeful in Bury St Edmunds:

He’ll be hoping the voters don’t Riyadh too much into it…

H/T @DannyHackett


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