- Labour Party and Business: A Difficult Relationship?
- Chameleon Conservative Cameron Shows True Colours
- An Election Reflection for a Majority Minority
- Mhairi Black: Giving Politics a Makeover
- Galloway Threatens Legal Action Over Election Result
- Voter Turnout: What The Numbers Tell Us About The 2015 General Election
- Looking At The Reaction to the Election Explains its Result
- The Polls Were Wrong Because People Lied, it’s That Simple!
- Russell Brand “Resigns” from Politics following General Election Result
- It’s Not The Cold War Anymore, We Don’t Need a Nuclear Deterrent
- The Future of Labour: Who Will Be The Next Leader?
- The Future of the Liberal Democrats: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- The Future of UKIP: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- A Tale of Three Ends
- The Tory Legacy
- If the Party Leaders were characters from Friends…who would you vote for?
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- 6,417 Ed Milligrams – What Do You Actually Vote For?
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- Political Engagement: The Calm After the Storm
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Green Party’s John Spottiswoode.
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- “I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in government just for the sake of it” – An Interview With Nick Clegg
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- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Conservative’s Jeremy Moulton.
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- The Nationalist Parties
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- None of the Political Candidates Ticking Your Box? There is Another Option.
- The Other Parties
- Liberal Democrats Party Profile
- The Green Party
- Labour Party Profile
- In Defence of the Coalition
- Why Labour Should Win the Election But Won’t
- The Protest Vote: The Weapon of the Disenfranchised.
- Why Young People Must Use Their Vote
- An Interview With Natalie Bennett
- What Will a Multi-Party System Mean for Britain?
- Tuition Fees: Must Try Harder Ed
- Science and Policy
- This Election is Far Bigger Than Party Politics
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Ian Callaghan, Green Party
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Lib Dem’s Adrian Ford
- Paliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Darren Paffey
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- TV Debates: The Crucifixion of David Cameron
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- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, the Green Party’s Angela Mawle
- Can We Trust Politicians Who Act Like Schoolchildren?
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- Manifesto Focus: Labour
- Why Nuclear Weapons Are Imperative For The UK’s Security
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- The EU: To Be or Not To Be
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- UKIP Party Profile
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- The Leaders Debate: The Insurgents, The Pretender & The Incumbent
- SUPA’s Short and Sweet Guide to Voting on 7th May
- TV Debate: Clash of the Titans
- Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
- TV Debates: David Cameron and Ed Miliband Versus Britain
- 14,000 Voters Missing From Electoral Role in Southampton – Register to Vote Now!
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- A Royal Coup? – Queen Guitarist Brian May Considering Standing for Election
- Debating Over Debates
- Galloway Demands Inclusion in TV Debates
- The General Election 2015 – A Disunited Kingdom?
- 99 Days To Go: The Most Unpredictable Election Yet!
- Poll Indicates Demand for Green Party to be Included in Election Debates
- Have You Registered To Vote?
- Is Sol Campbell running for Parliament?
- Salmond to Stand as MP
- Students May Hold the Key!
- The Green Party Should Not Be Included in the 2015 General Election Debates
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Alan Whitehead MP
- What’s at Stake for Students in the General Election?
- It’s Time For Politicians To Get Down With The Kids
- The Debates Debate
- Who Will Run The Country in 2015?
- New Year, New Government? New Politics?
- Newly Elected Itchen MP Accused of Helping UKIP Secure Labour Votes
As with Labour and UKIP, the Liberal Democrats are looking for a new leader after Nick Clegg’s predictable resignation. With so few Liberal Democrat MPs to choose from, the choice of a new Liberal Democrat leader is likely to be a two horse race between favourites Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.
Former party figureheads that would likely have been strong candidates for party leader had they retained their seats include Vince Cable, Danny Alexander, Jo Swinson, and Ed Davey. Of course, they could still become leader – but it’s unlikely.
Currently to stand for leader candidates have to win the support from 10% of MPs, but for the Liberal Democrats this is now worth less than one MP. They also need the backing of at least 200 party members from at least 20 different local parties, and nominated candidates are then elected by the wider membership using the alternative vote system. This will not leave the Liberal Democrats with much choice or the elected leader with much mandate.
Let’s take a look at the very few potential leadership candidates:
Tim Farron is former President of the Liberal Democrats and managed to keep his Westmorland and Lonsdale seat. The MP has been a member of the education select committee since his election in 2005 and is currently favourite to be the next leader with odds of 1/5 at Bet365, 2/9 at Betfair and 1/6 at Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Norman Lamb is the current Care Minister who managed to retain his seat in Norfolk North due to the large personal following he has in his constituency. He was Nick Clegg’s parliamentary private secretary at the beginning of the Coalition Government, and so is perhaps more established than Tim Farron. His odds however are lower at 23/5 at Betfair, 4 at Bet365 and 5/1 at Ladbrokes.
As the Scotland Secretary, he has existing cabinet experience after being parachuted in to play a key role in the party’s campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum last year. His chances may be lessened by being a Scottish MP, the only Lib Dem Scottish MP to exist in a sea of SNP seats, and further accentuated by not representing a mainland seat, as he is MP for Orkney and Shetland which sits precariously at the very edge of the UK. Ladbrokes have odds of 12/1 on him, while Betfair holds 83/5 odds.
The only other Lib Dem politician who was fortunate enough to hold their seat and have even a slight chance of attaining leadership is Greg Mulholland for Leeds North West, who has odds of 16/1 at Ladbrokes.