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Nick Clegg inscrutable at PMQ’s

By Angela Harbutt
January 6th, 2010 at 4:12 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in Liberal Democrats

nick-clegg-in-a-purple-tieAm I reading too much into it ?

Or is the purple tie sported by Nick Clegg at today’s PMQ’s  an indication that he is determined not to give away any hints as to whether he is leaning to the reds or the blues. Purple, in these circumstances, will do nicely. I hope he got a lot of purple ties for Christmas.

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BBC poll: LibDem activists out of step with LibDem voters

By Mark Littlewood
September 21st, 2009 at 6:00 am | 5 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

libdem-conference-delegatesA ComRes poll released today by the  BBC’s Daily Politics show, asked LibDem councillors two questions – who would they favour us supporting in the event of a hung Parliament and do they think the expenses scandal has harmed LibDem chances?

On the expenses scandal, 12% thought their LibDem MP/PPC had been damaged and 78% didn’t.

On the question of which party we should support in government if we held the balance of power in a hung Parliament, 31% said Labour and 16% said the Tories (a “neither” option was not on offer, so the rest are in the “don’t know” column). That’s a 2:1 preference for Labour of those stating a preference.

In pretty stark contrast are the views of the 6 million people who vote for us (over 99% of whom are not party members).

Asked by ICM a month ago whether they would prefer a Cameron-led Conservative government or a Brown-led Labour government, 2005 LibDem voters split 61%-26% in favour of the Tories. Amongst (the diminished pool of)  LibDem voters in the 2009 Euro elections – the split was 42%-34% in favour of Cameron’s Conservatives, according to yougov.

The questions are not identical. But this is the best statistical evidence I have seen to suggest that there is a very measurable difference of political outlook between the 20% of the population inclined to vote LibDem and the 0.02% of the population who are active party members.

For what it’s worth, I would be a “neither/don’t know” voter on the “who would you support in a hung Parliament?” question and a Cameron over Brown voter on which government I’d prefer if forced to choose.

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