The virtues of Marmite: Tim Farron’s advice on being a Liberal Democrat leader

Tim Farron looking up

Welcome to a special re-run of a previous but once again very relevant edition of Never Mind The Bar Charts. It’s from June 2019, which feels a long time ago now but the calendar says that was only 12 months ago. It was the time of the party’s last leadership election, and I did an interview with Tim Farron about his experience as party leader. We focused on his advice for the next party leader as well as tips on what members should ask in hustings meetings.

Both Tim’s advice and tips are still very relevant, so here is that episode again. And do also take a listen to the episode I did recently with Tim Bale, where we also cooked up great hustings questions.

Hope you enjoy the repeat:

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2 responses to “The virtues of Marmite: Tim Farron’s advice on being a Liberal Democrat leader”

  1. Fascinating interview with Tim Farron, should be compulsory listening for all PPC’s and other candidates.

  2. Good and interesting interview, I described myself as the ‘marmite’ candidate at a contest recently for Chair of an organisation I have belonged in for over 20 years… I lost!
    Tim, for me, was always ‘nice’ but not dim, but not strong.
    His leadership with Vince the Cable following; has bought LibDems back from the brink, Grass roots and return to them, is down to Tim, I have won my election as Ward Councillor in Solihull because if that, so thank you Tim.
    Now a leader must make maximum use of this time if change; we need PR more than ever, we need multiple parties for maximum voter choice, we need negotiation and coalition skills AGAIN cos that is what it will be about; BREXIT has broken the FPTP lie of good and stable Government.The LibDems need to seize the initiative and go forth and multiply in the best possible haste !! (Not a euphemism for that Anglo Saxon exhort FO! But close to Bollocks!!

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