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Since Jennie, alas, seems not to have got sufficient nominations for the post of President of the Liberal Democrats, I can declare that I'm pretty sure I'll be voting for Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale. I knew Tim back when we were both student Lib Dem politicos and he (utterly against the odds) got elected to the NUS National Executive in a straw poll of NUS Conference (the runner-up in that vote, Lorna Fitzsimons, has been and gone as a Labour MP in the years since). Tim was eloquent and fiery then, and as far as I can tell he remains eloquent and fiery now. People may object that he is using the presidency of the party as a step to greater prominence, but there is no harm in that if he will do the job right, of representing the membership as a whole internally, and I rather think he will.

I have nothing against the other candidate, Susan Kramer, except that I don't know her. I think she will suffer from being a metropolitan London candidate, even though she is no longer an MP while Tim is. (Looking at the map, Tim and I live almost exactly the same distance from London.) For what it's worth, I think her opening statement, warning against unspecified sources of division, is weaker than Tim's, where he promises to be a 'critical friend' of the coalition. And when Tim promises to 'be a distinctive voice' in his headline, nobody who knows him can doubt that he will deliver.



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Sep. 29th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ah Tim, the slayer of Tim Collins. for that service, he really deserves respect.
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm voting for Tim. Best person for the job by far
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Sep. 30th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I like Tim a lot (and also remember him from the NUS days). I think he has potential as a future party leader. However, given the nature of the role of President as someone who represents the membership, and given how arduous Ros Scott found the role while she was also a parliamentarian, I'm likely to vote for Susan.

I won't mind if Tim wins, but I'd expect his work as an MP to suffer.
Sep. 30th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
If Jennie doesn't get on the paper, I'm completely meh about both of these candidates. If it comes down to picking from those two I'd probably choose Tim by virtue of his not being Susan.
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