Skip to main content

Members back Hemming

I now have the final results from the opinion poll on the Lib Dem Leadership Election.

There were a large number of questions asked in the poll, but I particularly needed to know whether or not I should progress my candidature given that we now have a contest.

A large number of people contacted me directly to support my campaign and expressed a view that they preferred me to the other potential candidates.

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I initially declared as a candidate to ensure that there would be a contest. The good news is that 64% of members think I was right to do this. 27% think not and the rest don't know. However, only 14% of members believe I have the right experience to lead the party (70% do not). That does not surprise me as I have always been marginal about this. A few more years experience is really needed in parliament. As a consequence 58% of members believe that I should withdraw.

The good news for me is that 31% of members believe that I should continue to fight a campaign and that in a final election (of those who have decided what to do) I would get 8% of the vote. That bodes well for a future election campaign. Three of the four candidates in this election are, in fact, older than me.

Clearly, however, the members believe that I should withdraw from this election. This, therefore, shows that members back my decision to not further my candidature ... this time.

I would like to thank those people who supported my campaign (even those who did it 'tongue in cheek'). It has been a fun campaign so far, but now is the end of this particular campaign.


Andy said…
John -

I think you're making the right decision. My first reaction to your plans to stand was amusement, followed by a little resentment that *no-one* in the press thought you were worth mentioning and were asking 'will anyone stand against Ming' while you were making your plans.

Now you get the credit for being prepared to stop a coronation, without the derision that would have followed a crushing defeat. Astonishingly, you even manages to come out of it looking a bit statesmanlike.

Good luck in the future.
James said…
Are you going to publish the full results from your poll John?
Richard Allen said…
If nothing else you have certainly raised your profile during the last week.

If I was being cynical I might think that that was your only real objective.
PoliticalHack said…

What a terrible thing to suggest that this was all a vanity project to feed Cllr Hemming's ego.

Hemming was the right man to lead the Liberal Democrats and they'll rue the day he decided to abandon his leadership run. Still, there's always next time.
Richard Allen said…

I think you misunderstand.

I certainly don't think that this was about vanity or ego, heaven forbid.

I do however think that John may have been motivated by raising his profile, something that could result is a front bench role under the new leader.

Consider also that this is a rotten time to become Lib Dem leader. They are about to be squezed from both sides. Without the Iraq war to run on and with Gordon Brown leading Labour the Lib Dem's will lose left wing votes in the inner cities while David Cameron will win back some of the rural and suburban voters that the conservatives have lost to the Lib Dem's.

It makes sense for John to bide his time until 2009. After the Lib Dem's go down to a terrible defeat they will realise that John is the only man who can save them. More importantly he will only need 3 or 4 MP's as backers to reach the 10% threashold.
john said…
It was about making sure there was a contest.
Welcome back to the Stop Silent Calls Campaign (amongst others) John. Many will be glad that your attention will not be distracted over the coming few weeks.

You played a valid role in helping to ensure that there is a serious contest. The party must have all its resources best deployed to be ready to win the battles to come.
Battersea Boy said…
Thanks, John, for the wonderful idea of rigging a poll to let you off the hook so gracefully.

I must admit, it would never have occurred to me and, even now that you have demonstrated how it easily it can be done, I'm still not sure that I would be dishonest enough to use the technique. But thanks, anyway. It's supposed to be good to know your enemy.
john said…
The poll details will be published on the Yougov website probably by the end of Feb and maybe earlier.

Peter Kellner is going on holiday soon and the issues will be resolved when he returns.

Popular posts from this blog

Service launched to reduce the pain of calling a call centre.

Click here to try the beta test call entre phoning service"John Hemming, who has created an internet Startup called Cirrostratus since he ceased being an MP, is launching a free online service to make life easier for people phoning call centres.   The service is provided by Cirrostratus, but the SIP backbone is provided by the multi-award winning business VoIP solution, Soho66." John said, "Many people find phoning call centres a real pain.  Our service is aiming to make things a lot easier.   One click on alink or the bookmarks list and our server will phone up the call centre and get through all the menus.  This is a lot faster than when people have to phone up and is less irritating." "Additionally the system uses WebRtc and the internet to make the call. This means that people don't find their normal phone system being blocked whilst they hang on the line waiting to speak to a human being." Marketing Manager from Soho66, David McManus, said: &q…

Statement re Police investigation into Harassment and Perverting the Course of Justice.

It was recently reported that the police were not investigating the allegations of Perverting the Course of Justice that I had made. This came as a surprise to me as I had been told for some time that my allegations were to be considered once the VRR had been rejected. I have now had a very constructive meeting with Staffordshire police on Friday 29th June 2018 and the misunderstandings have been resolved. At that meeting the evidence relating to the perversion of the course of justice and the harassment campaign against my family were discussed. The police have decided to investigate both the perversion of the course of justice and also the harassment campaign. I would like to thank them for changing their decision and I accept their apology for the way in which they did that. I am also in possession of written confirmation a police force would be investigating allegations that a vulnerable witness has been harassed for trying to expose the campaign against me. I hope that the aut…

A grassroots uprising against terrorism

Original Date 26th May 2017

One thing I used to do when I was the Member of Parliament for Yardley was to call together meetings of all of the religious organisations in Yardley as a Yardley multi-faith group.  In many ways it is the creation of informal links between people that makes communication easier even if there is no formal decision making power.

Obviously this is something I would intend to do again if the people of Yardley ask me to take on the responsibility of representing them in parliament.

It highlights the sort of thing that politicians can do which arises from a leadership role within communities rather than any constitutional position.

I have already written in an earlier blog post about the principles of resolving conflict.  It can be summarised as "murdering innocents is wrong".

A number of local mosques have issued statements following the atrocity in Manchester and I think it is worth quoting from parts of them.

One said that the mosque "Unequivoc…