Monday, November 10, 2008

Lembit's support for Ros

In between house hunting (North Herts fell through) babysitting and charging down to Portsmouth for a meeting, I am late to the post presidential debate. Well done to Ros, regular readers will know that I had a difficult decision about who to back and I have no doubt she will do a great job of representing the activists and implementing the recommendations of the Bones commission. Also it is great to see a little more gender balance within the hierarchy in the party!

For those who missed it I wanted to reproduce Lembit's statement following Ros's victory -


"I congratulate Ros for her clear victory. If Barack Obama had employed Ros Scott as his campaign manager, he'd have won by even more than he did!

As a seasoned local government campaigner Ros has reflected and represented the needs of the Party. Her insights are things which she can now put into practice. I know she will do her absolute best to achieve exactly this.

Chandila Fernando ' the Troubleshooter! ' has impressed a huge number of people with his strategic look at what the Party does well and how it could do better. His outspoken mission to introduce a more professional and externally orientated approach is tremendously valuable and we need to see how best to implement his suggestions.

I thank my team for a clear, honest and genuine campaign. We got on with the job of putting forward our proposition, and what we intend to do for the Lib Dems. We kept it positive and we 'kept it real.' The best way I can pay you back is by living up to your political expectations as we pursue our inspiring agenda within the Party.

As Ros embarks on her role, she can be assured of one thing: my absolute and unconditional support. She will be President and let me make this clear: I'm in her team now.

Personally, it's been a hard year, not least because of the death of a very close friend, David Hamer in August. It knocked me back a lot, especially over summer and there's no point pretending it didnt. It's also made me stronger. I feel more centred, more focussed, more ready to contribute in the public square than ever before. So for me this result is a knock back, but its not a knock out. I will continue to use my skills to my best ability to push the boundaries, and do what I try to do best - taking politics to people who aren't political but who do care.

And in this spirit I'll be working on four areas of policy I feel I have something unique and distinctive to contribute, and on which, since I am not President, I am now free to campaign. These are: promoting serious political engagement in the field of international terrorism, the prescription of hard drugs to recorded addicts, a reassessment of our attitude towards nuclear power and a commitment to positive campaigning. I will also use my profile to engage people in civic society. But no more of this today, because today is not my day. It is the day for the President-elect.

Till January 1st we continue to be guided by President Simon Hughes. He's a great inspiration to the membership, and a great friend to me personally. You've done good mate, and I'm proud to have been your Second in Command.

So now we've got President Obama in America, and President Scott in Britain! Democrats are on the move. He'll make it happen over there. She'll make it happen over here. And as you do Ros, I'm with you all the way."

5 comments:

Duncan Borrowman said...

cough You did say there was no doubt Lembit would win.

...and as for:
"Also it is great to see a little more gender balance within the hierarchy in the party!"

Errr. The way to have seen to that would have been to have backed Ros!

But the good thing is we are all one the same side.

David Matthewman said...

Errr. The way to have seen to that would have been to have backed Ros!

I'm by no means as hostile to positive discrimination as some in the party, but I do feel that it's a far healthier sign when a woman can convincingly win an election against a male candidate, than when she wins because all the male candidates stand aside and gift her the job.

Linda Jack said...

Duncan, I am a Liberal Democrat, don't forget, we are always "winning here!" And you have completely misunderstood my argument about balance. When there is only one place (leader/president) you can't have gender balance can you? My argument is now and always has been - we need the best person for the job, but one of the criteria (alongside all the others) HAS to be representation. As you know I struggled over this one, and whilst Ros's gender tipped the balance in her favour, Lembit's ability to engage outside the party tipped it the other way. BUT congrats on winning your election!

L

Jennie said...

"I'm by no means as hostile to positive discrimination as some in the party, but I do feel that it's a far healthier sign when a woman can convincingly win an election against a male candidate, than when she wins because all the male candidates stand aside and gift her the job."

IAWTC, even though I am one of those incredibly hostile to PD ;)

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