Yet More Defections

On Tuesday Macclesfield Borough Councillor Chris Wellavize announced his decision to quit the Lib Dems and join the Conservatives. His decision is another major blow to the divided Lib Dems and follows Councillor Muriel Clampett’s decision to quit the Lib Dems and sit as an independent back in January.

Defections Update

In Stockwell a former Lib Dem by-election candidate Ros Munday has left the yellow party and rejoined Labour. In Havant Lib Dem Councillor Ron Purkis has joined the ruling Conservative group. Meanwhile in Bexley Lib Dem Councillor and 2005 parliamentary candidate Nick O’Hare has defected to the Conservatives. Interestingly, the local Lib Dems are calling … Read more

Lib Dems Would Legalise Booze at 16

Lib Dem Watch readers will know that it is Lib Dem policy to reduce the legal drinking age to just 16. But the other millionaire Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone forgot to mention this as she highlighted figures showing an increase in alcohol-related deaths today. Perhaps she could tell us what the effect of allowing … Read more

John Hemming MP’s Poetry Corner

Readers will remember that just before the terrible events of July 7th millionaire Lib Dem MP John Hemming had promised to write us a poem. After 7/7 he rightly said that it was not the time for humour and that we would have to wait a while for his poem. We have waited and we … Read more

Quick Off The Blocks – Livingston By-Election

The Guardian diary reports: Special congratulations to the Liberal Democrats, finally, who waited several hours after news of Robin Cook’s untimely death before updating their website to remind readers of their prospective parliamentary candidate for his Livingston seat. Charles Dundas lists his interests as “genealogy, local history, debating, cinema, literature, computers”. He is 28.


Simon Hughes admits that the party’s election results were “disappointing” and that the local income tax policy was partly responsible. Failed Lib Dem candidate Tony Dawson has been caught out doctoring photos on election leaflets. While her predecessor held open surgeries to which anybody could turn up four times a month, new Lib Dem MP … Read more

John Hemming MP, The Love Child And The Libel Action?

Millionaire Lib Dem MP and adulterer John Hemming has, surprisingly, not responded to Lib Dem Watch’s latest story featuring him. We usually hear from him when he is featured on this site, so are disappointed on this occasion. He is obviously a busy man at the moment. As well as dealing with fathering a baby … Read more

Another Defection in Islington

Former Lib Dem Mayor of Islington Cllr Joan Coupland has left the party and joined Labour, reports the Islington Gazette. She accused the Lib-Dems of running a “dictatorial regime” and claimed they were “failing to listen” to residents, especially the elderly. “I’ve been a Lib-Dem most of my life so this has not been an … Read more

By-election Round-up

With just two days left until polling day, the Lib Dem campaign in the South Staffordshire by-election has still to get off the ground. Candidate Jo Crotty tried to paint herself as a “local campaigner” just a few weeks after standing and losing as a “local campaigner” some xxx miles away in Eddisbury during the … Read more

It Couldn’t Have Happened To A Nicer Man

We’re suprised that millionaire Lib Dem MP John Hemming has the time to read and correspond with Lib Dem Watch – what with being a Member of Parliament, a councillor and, oh, having 26 extra-marital affairs. Yes, the “MP in love child shock” is none other than our very own John Hemming. Despite his campaigns … Read more