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Liberal Democrats GLA list announcement

December 14th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized by

Liberal Vision can today announce the Liberal Democrats London List for the GLA elections in 2012. The list, in order, are:

1. Caroline Pidgeon
2. Stephen Knight
3. Bridget Fox
4. Shas Sheehan
5. Jeremy Ambache
6. Merlene Emerson
7. Emily Davey
8. Steve Bradley
9. Marisha Ray
10. Nick Russell
11. Ajmal Mansoor

Congratulations to all the candidates, especially to Caroline Pidgeon, who deservedly tops the list after a stella rise from new Assembly Member in 2008 to becoming leader of the GLA Lib Dems.

First item of business: sell this; move to cheaper office space; rebate the difference to Council Tax payers.

First item of business: sell this; move to cheaper office space; rebate the difference to Council Tax payers.

5 Responses to “Liberal Democrats GLA list announcement”

  1. Kevin McNamara Says:

    great list. caroline pidgeon strikes me as the standout candidate

  2. Mark Says:


    I don’t think that would be possible.


  3. Tom Papworth Says:

    You may be right, though the source is a bit out of date: “The lease gives the GLA the building for the fairly cheap price of £36.50 per square foot (£393 per square metre) and is frozen until 2007.”

    If the lease is still a bargain then it’s worth holding on; if not, the lease could be sold even if the building (freehold) could not.

  4. Ed Joyce Says:

    We need to look at the message from this election. My analysis on this is that essentially it was a run off between the authoritarian left (Knight/Sheehan/Davey) against the libertarian left (Fox/Ambache/Bradley). I use these terms very loosely because the candidates don’t self define and the manifesto booklet was very general. In this analysis the election was won by the authoritarians by 3:2. Given that it is a list vote that’s probably a win on points rather than a knockout. I ignore Caroline as she has a strong personal vote and is difficult to align.

    What is noticable is that the right of the party, the Orange Book, did very poorly. This was partly because they did not get many/any candidates in the 11 but also because in the voting itself they did badly. Emerson was identified as the candidate that was favoured by the right. This is a identification is one with which I concur. She, however, came 8th in terms of the vote with only 133 out of over 3000 cast. I find it hard to believe that this represents the total of ‘right wing liberal democrats’ in London, so we might be advised to not draw too many conclusions from this. I personally don’t, however, see how anyone standing on an explicitly right wing ticket could win from this pool of voters. I personally canvassed two boroughs in this election and my experiences doing that also lead me to believe that this is the case. In my opinion right wing candidates would need to be ‘well known hard working local councillors’ standing on a platform of ‘representing the needs of the voters of London’ in order to win. The campaign slogan “London – Open for business” might not be the best one.

  5. David from Ealing Says:

    Yes, I remember coming to London as a teenager and walking through Soho to be met by a woman on a step saying “Ere, son, want some business?’