Lib Dem Leadership: Runners and Riders

If you’ve just woken up, Guido has the joyful task of informing you Jo Swinson hasn’t become Prime Minister. From bullishly calling the election along with the Tories and SNP, to running a presidential-style campaign before they realised their leader would end the campaign less popular than Corbyn. Now, as a result of losing her own seat to the SNP, Swinson has stood down and a leadership contest is underway. Guido brings you the runners and riders…

  • Ed Davey – 10/11
    • Former leadership candidate. Would the Lib Dems be desperate enough to go for someone they thought was worse than Swinson?… 
  • Layla Moran – 2/1
  • Wera Hobhouse – 9/1
    • Born in Germany, she’s big on the Brexit message. Although that doesn’t matter now does it…
  • Sarah Olney – 16/1
    • Former MP, weird looking, failed to spell the name of her constituency accurately on her flyers, fired by Vince Cable. A record to be proud of…
  • Alistair Carmichael – 14/1
    • An MP since 2001 and someone about whom there are no further interesting facts. Maybe the public forgetting about the Lib Dems would be an improvement on active distain…
  • Tim Farron – 33/1
    • Perhaps he feels he wants to give it a go again…
  • Christine Jardine – 16/1
    • Scottish. One of the Lib Dem’s most competent media performers. A statement that means basically nothing…
  • Jamie Stone – 20/1
    • Previous practice attempt with Lib Dem youth #LetsGetStoned campaign. Being stoned might help put people in the mindset to vote Lib Dem…
  • Wendy Chamberlain – N/A
    • Unlike her Prime Ministerial namesake, this Chamberlain scored a victory against nationalists last night. Not the highest bar of victory given she only had a 2-vote SNP majority to beat…
  • Daisy Cooper – N/A
    • Another rare Lib Dem gain from last night. After a lot of googling it looks like she previously campaigned with the ‘Save the St Albans Pubs’ campaign for two-and-a-half years. Appropriate as leading the Lib Dems will lead you to drink…
  • Munira Wilson
    • Honestly not a clue about this one. 

An unenviable task for Lib Dem members – get ready to start comparing beige with other tinges of forgettable beige…

Friday Caption Contest (LibDem Leaflet Edition)

LibDem Head of Press Rosy Cobb Suspended by Party

Channel 4 News covered  the LibDem staffer who’s been suspended, after they were caught red-handed forging a back-dated email, to try and back up a legal threat over a story the LibDems wanted to suppress, on their selling their voter data to the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. Which morphed into the People’s Vote…

The LibDem press office has been spinning for days that it’s “just a very junior person gone rogue” – see the report in The Guardian, simply describing them as a “campaigner”, like they were some lowly volunteer. Guido can reveal it is actually the party’s Head of Media, Rosy Cobb, who forged the email, and who’s now been suspended, pending a full investigation. 

Rosy has taken down her Twitter account, as well as her LinkedIn account. Guido warned the LibDems about Rosy’s lack of any media experience when she took over as the party’s press chief last year. The now discredited legal threats over the original article came from Goodman Derrick acting on behalf of “Our clients: The Liberal Democrats Party and Ms Joanne Swinson”. The paper trail shows this must have been signed off right from the top… 

Swinson: I Inhaled and I Liked It

For once a politician says they enjoyed their drug experiences. Sometimes when politicians talk about historic – and it always historic – drug experiences they make it out it was some kind of terrible ordeal. Which kind of begs the question why did they do it? In truth the reason millionaire rock stars do sex and drugs is because they like it and it is pleasurable. Drug prohibitionists never talk about the millions of people who enjoy doing drugs on the weekend and go to work on Monday without harming anyone else. The problems only come when people overdo it and become addicted.

The LibDems’ manifesto includes a commitment to legalise cannabis for personal consumption, with licensed and quality controlled supplies bringing an end to the carnage on the streets from criminal gangs fighting turf wars for the profits of a contraband commodity in high demand. Police forces have effectively already stopped prosecuting cannabis consumers, with many senior police officers more or less openly advocating legalisation. Labour are wary of supporting liberalisation because they fear it will be an attack line from the Tories. About time the Tories stopped doing drugs in private and criminalising the public for the same…

Lib Dem Candidate Vying to Become Britain’s Funniest MP

The Lib Dem’s candidate in their target seat of North Cornwall fancies himself as a bit of a twitter comedian. Danny Chambers’ Twitter account is full to brim with a host of hilarious jokes, most of which haven’t received the attention they deserve. So Guido thought he would share Danny’s comedy with a wider audience…

Classic little-European Lib Dem mindset…

Guido isn’t sure Danny’s anti-vegan take will go down with his woke party…

The Lib Dems held the seat up until 2015. Maybe anti-woke Danny is what they need to win again in south-west Brexitland…

UPDATE: Sadly he’s started deleting – lucky we kept a record…

Lib Dems’ New Shameless Leaflet Claims

Lib Dem leaflets famously always stretch the truth as far as they can. However this year’s cohort of letterbox literature includes a whole new level of post-truth statements. Makes tuition fees pale into insignificance…

Despite only just defecting from the Tories, Phillip Lee’s leaflets have performed a Stalinist erasure of his recent right-wing past. The leaflet implies the election is a close choice between the Tories and the LibDems, despite the LibDems coming 24,000 votes behind John Redwood in 2017, and 6,000 behind Labour.Moving over to Streatham, the Lib Dems hilariously try and explain that their current “popular local Lib Dem MP” – yes, that is Chuka Umunna they’re referring to – is “moving on at the next election”.

They fail to mention he’s carpetbagging over to the seat of Westminster because he doesn’t stand a chance of winning in his current seat when voters finally get their say…

Angela Smith Selected for LibDems in Altrincham and Sale West

“The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Angela Smith will stand in the key Conservative battleground, Altrincham and Sale West, against Sir Graham Brady in the next general election.”

Graham Brady won 51% of the vote in 2017. LibDems won 7%. Looks like Angela is retiring at the next election…

Heidi Allen Joins LibDems, Her Fifth Party Since February

Congratulations to the LibDems on recruiting Heidi Allen as their nineteenth MP. They should be warned this will be her fifth party since February. So don’t assume it is permanent. Particularly if there is an election next month…

The Tories won 51% of the South Cambridgeshire vote in 2017, hard to tell how much personal loyalty she commands in the constituency. She needs quite a swing to the LibDems at the next election, given they won only 18% of the vote last time. The video above of broken promises and lies since 2016 has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Good luck Heidi…

Chelsea LibDems Make It Horlicks

Nicola Horlick earned the sobriquet “super-woman” after flying to Frankfurt to tackle her banker bosses in an employment row, accompanied by a load of hacks to write her up admirably. She’s always been good at marketing herself to the media, a skill she will no doubt deploy now she has been selected for the LibDems. Her actual business career since then has been less than super;

  • At Deutsche Asset Management she presided over the Peter Young Scandal
  • Bees and Honey, her venture aimed at retail investors was abandoned before it could even fly
  • Bramdean, her fund of funds, invested in Bernie Madoff
  • Georgina’s, her Barnes restaurant’s closure after 18 months was blamed on Barnes being “full of mothers with children who don’t go out much at night”.
  • Money & Co, her latest bandwagon peer-to-peer lending operation has reportedly slashed its staff numbers.

Her timing might be seen as opportunist to jump in with the LibDems, however it is clearly time to quit business…

Swanson Parachutes Luciana in to Golders Green

Clareine Enderby was named as the LibDem candidate for Finchley & Golders Green a mere 10 months ago. Now she isn’t.

Guido reported rumours that Luciana was being lined up for the seat weeks ago, it is after all where Luciana lives rather than her distant current constituency of Wavertree. It seems a little bit of an undemocratic coup to shunt aside the incumbent candidate,. Swanson is showing some admirable ruthlessness in her desire for power. Clareine this morning sent a welcome through gritted tweet:

The seat is Tory / LibDem marginal with the LibDems getting less than 7% of the vote in 2017. Luciana is going to have her work cut out…

Lib Dems Axe Candidate who Called for Boris’ Execution

A Lib Dem parliamentary candidate who called for Boris Johnson and other top ministers to be hung, drawn and quartered before being burned at the stake, has been axed by Jo Swinson. With Guido keeping you in the loop, he was always beheaded for deselection…

Galen Milne – who was due to stand in the Scottish seat of Banff and Buchan – made the comments on Facebook, where he also called Tory MPs “rats” and advocated a “final solution” to split the Tory Party.

Taking the graphic comments in his stride, earlier Jacob Rees-Mogg Tweeted:


Looks like Milne was the only one who lost his head after failing to get the hang of politics…

Hodson’s Choice Rejected

This speech from Niall Hodson, a Lib Dem councillor from the Brexit heartlands of Sunderland, is the most sane speech heard so far from LibDem conference. He was cautioning against the idea of revoking Article 50, stopping Brexit, without people being given a vote on the matter. The LibDems passed the motion.

The Lib Dems are enjoying one of their periodic resurgences – this time an electoral spasm from frustrated Remainers. The incoherence of their new position will not pass scrutiny in a general election given that in 2010 they campaigned for an In-Out referendum on our membership of the EU.

In 2016 they fought and lost the referendum they demanded. Now they are demanding the referendum result is ignored. The danger is one that only Norman Lamb recognises. They will be punished outside the Remain heartlands…

‘SuperWoman’ in the Running for Chelsea & Fulham?

Guido hears a rumour that Nicola Horlick, the “Superwoman” fund manager, is in the running to be the LibDem candidate for Fulham & Chelsea. Louise Rowntree, the former candidate says “Wouldn’t she be great? She’d give Greg Hands a run for his money.” It has been impossible to find out anything officially from the LibDems because they don’t answer the phone.

Horlick is a fanatical remainer, she thinks what is happening following the referendum “is reminiscent of the 1930s.” She backs the LibDems and it is in her family tradition, her father Michael Gayford, stood unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate in the 1970s for the Wirral constituency.  Her flagship crowdfunding business reported a loss of £1.4 million last year and slashed its staff from twelve to one, so she may be thinking it is a good time for a change of career from finance…

UPDATE: Guido reader Philip Thomas gets in touch:

“I stood for Labour against Michael Gayford in the October 1974. His campaign was based on attacking Selwyn Lloyd’s record on Suez which had occurred 18 years earlier!!!!! Obviously Horlick is continuing the family tradition of being out of date.”

CCHQ Target Wollaston With Attack Ads

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Chris Rennard Back Campaigning with Lib Dems Despite Swinson Calling for His Expulsion

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Heidi Meets the Rees-Moggs on the Campaign Trail

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Streatham Lib Dems Disown Chuka

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Jo Swinson Wins Liberal Democrat Leadership Election

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Lib Dems’ ‘Climate Emergency’ Latest

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Who Are You LibDem Leaders?

Only one in five LibDems can identify who the likely next leader. Only 1 in 12 normal people can guess who will lead the yellow party…[…] Read the rest

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