Lib Dem Voice

So, how did Michael Crick do?

Exhibit A:

“I hear from a well-placed source that the list of peers, with about 55 names from across the party spectrum, will be published on Wednesday 1 December.”

The list was published on Friday 19 November with 54 names from across the party spectrum, so not bad at all.

Exhibit B:

“A normally astute and well-informed Lib Dem observer reckons the following people are in line to be among the expected 15 new Liberal Democrat peers:

* Brian Paddick (2008 London Mayoral candidate and former senior Metropolitan Police officer)
* Sal Brinton (Parliamentary candidate in Watford in 2005 and 2010)
* Dee Doocey (member of the London Assembly since 2004 but standing down in 2012)
* Judith Jolly (West Country party stalwart)
* Susan Kramer (ex-MP for Richmond Park)
* Jonathan Marks (legal expert)
* Monroe Palmer (chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel)
* Julie Smith (Cambridge academic and chair of Liberal International British Group)
* Ben Stoneham (No.2 at Cowley Street, Clegg’s operations director before the election)
* Neil Sherlock (speech writer to successive Lib Dem leaders – Kennedy, Campbell and Clegg, also a big donor to Clegg’s office, and husband of recently ennobled Kate Parminter)
* Ian Wright (big donor to Clegg’s office).”

There were indeed 15, but of Crick’s list only 7 were appointed yesterday. Not quite so good Michael…

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