Farron favourite for Lib Dem leadership battle, say bookies

The Westmorland Gazette: Mr Farron is the bookies' choice Mr Farron is the bookies' choice

WESTMORLAND MP Tim Farron is being touted as the runaway favourite to take the Lib Dem reins if and when Nick Clegg decides to fall on his sword or is pushed onto it.

After catastrophic European election results where the Liberals lost all but one of their MEPS - including the North West's Chris Davies after 16 years in the role - there have been calls and leaks from within his own party for Mr Clegg to step aside.

Mr Farron has remained publically supportive of Mr Clegg, telling the Gazette it would be 'wrong for the party to turn its back on him, and praising his 'bravery' for going head-to-head with UKIP on the thorny issue of Europe.

And Mr Farron told the BBC 1 Sunday Politics show at the weekend: "This idea that's been put about by these people who are calling for a leadership election is just about the silliest idea I've heard I think in my political career. It's just not serious politics.

"There will be lots of people bruised by the results. The results have been disappointing. There were lots of people out there who did not deserve to lose. All the same across the country...we have seen the Lib Dems do well. Our job is to build those fortresses," he said.

Support for Mr Farron remains high in Westmorland and Lonsdale after the Lib Dems took 15 SLDC seats from a possible 17 and remain unopposed on Kendal Town Council.

Despite some media commentators putting Business Secretary Vince Cable, 71, as the MP most likely to unite all quarters of the embattled party, the Lib Dem president is clearly seen by bookies as the people's choice.

Some commentators suspect Mr Farron is biding his time to take charge after next year's general election rather than intervening now to right a ship already headed for the rocks nationally.

One local Lib Dem party insider told the Gazette: "I don't think (a leadership bid) will happen before Tim is re-elected."

A number of national betting chains have Farron out front ahead of Mr Cable and Danny Alexander, current Chief Secretary to the Treasurer.

Betfair have Farron at odds of 13/8 meaning someone would win £13 for every £8 betted, while WilliamHill have him at 6/4.

Just two months ago, Mr Farron was given overwhelming odds to retain his Westmorland and Lonsdale seat in 2015.

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Ladbrokes were offering 1/20 that the Liberal Democrat president would win in May 2015.

Mr Farron won the last election in 2010 by a landslide - securing a massive 12,264 majority and over 60 per cent of the vote across Westmorland and Lonsdale.

That compared to the Conservative candidate of the time, Gareth McKeever, who polled 18,632 votes compared to Mr Farron’s 30,896.

Voting was closer in 2005 when Mr Farron unseated sitting Tory Tim Collins in a ‘photo finish’ by just 267 votes.

Of his chances in 2015, Mr Farron has said: “Odds fluctuate, but what they do tell us that it is a clear choice between the Lib Dems and Tories here in the South Lakes.

“Right through to the next election, I will do what I have always done, work hard for our community and campaign for more investment, well paid jobs and health services.

 

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2:19pm Tue 27 May 14

emmielou says...

So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them.
So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them. emmielou
  • Score: 34

2:21pm Tue 27 May 14

Little Lee says...

Farrons friends at the Westmorland Gazette may be jumping the gun.
According to most of the media, Vince Cable is the favourite.
Whatever happens, a lot of people I know want to see the Lib Dems out
of Westmorland and Lonsdale and out of parliament.
Farrons friends at the Westmorland Gazette may be jumping the gun. According to most of the media, Vince Cable is the favourite. Whatever happens, a lot of people I know want to see the Lib Dems out of Westmorland and Lonsdale and out of parliament. Little Lee
  • Score: 27

2:24pm Tue 27 May 14

Little Lee says...

emmielou wrote:
So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them.
Hear! Hear! Agree very strongly with you 'emmielou'.
[quote][p][bold]emmielou[/bold] wrote: So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them.[/p][/quote]Hear! Hear! Agree very strongly with you 'emmielou'. Little Lee
  • Score: 15

4:23pm Tue 27 May 14

churchy66 says...

I do hope this is some dreadful rumour, could think of nothing worse than seeing that Cheshire cat grin being a leader!!
I do hope this is some dreadful rumour, could think of nothing worse than seeing that Cheshire cat grin being a leader!! churchy66
  • Score: 17

8:11pm Tue 27 May 14

sc0bie says...

emmielou your so right,I thought he was a male modela man on a big ego trip
emmielou your so right,I thought he was a male modela man on a big ego trip sc0bie
  • Score: 15

8:49am Wed 28 May 14

drixhen says...

Well if thats the case I know who Iwont be voting for in the general election
Well if thats the case I know who Iwont be voting for in the general election drixhen
  • Score: 16

12:19pm Wed 28 May 14

drixhen says...

Or better still leave Clegg where he is a least we will be guaranteed a totat Lib Dem wipe out
Or better still leave Clegg where he is a least we will be guaranteed a totat Lib Dem wipe out drixhen
  • Score: 17

1:05pm Wed 28 May 14

petryn2012 says...

emmielou wrote:
So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them.
"if he gets back in " ??? Farron is absolutely nailed on - a licence to print money
[quote][p][bold]emmielou[/bold] wrote: So basically what farron is going to do is carry on jumping on every band wagon, getting in on every photo opportunity as possible, tell everyone he has no intentions of taking over Cleggs position. That is until after the next elections when so many deluded people vote him in again, and IF he gets back in he will then shun his local followers to go running to take over Clegg. When are people going to see that for this area the lib dems don't do anything to support the towns, they make stupid decisions despite locals not backing them.[/p][/quote]"if he gets back in " ??? Farron is absolutely nailed on - a licence to print money petryn2012
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Wed 28 May 14

greenbell says...

I think that the Euro elections showed how unpopular the Lib Dims really are. It is only in this area where the poll turnout is poor and the same old voters put St. Tim on a pedestal, once again.
I think that the Euro elections showed how unpopular the Lib Dims really are. It is only in this area where the poll turnout is poor and the same old voters put St. Tim on a pedestal, once again. greenbell
  • Score: 19

4:57pm Wed 28 May 14

Kendal lad says...

Well,
It would seem that Tim F is not exactly the most popular:- that is, amongst those readers of the WG who no doubt would be happy to see Labour get in to the national Government.
But didn't they ruin the country with their policies and lies?

Or maybe you would be happy to see the Tories back in.
But I am sure that they are only interested in policies that help those who live within the M25 and are investment bankers or went to Eton.

Maybe UKIP would be better? That is if you are happy to see the rise of fascism of course.

Or what about the poor old Greens? Some great policies there too, including not bothering with nuclear power as part of the countries energy mix (which means we have to hope it is windy at night time as the solar panels will be no good)

It's easy to knock someone who is already in the job but frankly, TF has worked hard for this constituency, is a positive LD voice who is sticking to LD principles and he deserves are continued support.

Unless the BNP are your cup of tea? Enough said !
Well, It would seem that Tim F is not exactly the most popular:- that is, amongst those readers of the WG who no doubt would be happy to see Labour get in to the national Government. But didn't they ruin the country with their policies and lies? Or maybe you would be happy to see the Tories back in. But I am sure that they are only interested in policies that help those who live within the M25 and are investment bankers or went to Eton. Maybe UKIP would be better? That is if you are happy to see the rise of fascism of course. Or what about the poor old Greens? Some great policies there too, including not bothering with nuclear power as part of the countries energy mix (which means we have to hope it is windy at night time as the solar panels will be no good) It's easy to knock someone who is already in the job but frankly, TF has worked hard for this constituency, is a positive LD voice who is sticking to LD principles and he deserves are continued support. Unless the BNP are your cup of tea? Enough said ! Kendal lad
  • Score: -11

5:34pm Wed 28 May 14

sc0bie says...

I would think a vote for libs in the next general election would be a vote for labour
as libs have sided with labour thru the current coalition
I would think a vote for libs in the next general election would be a vote for labour as libs have sided with labour thru the current coalition sc0bie
  • Score: 8

9:10pm Wed 28 May 14

Little Lee says...

Kendal lad wrote:
Well,
It would seem that Tim F is not exactly the most popular:- that is, amongst those readers of the WG who no doubt would be happy to see Labour get in to the national Government.
But didn't they ruin the country with their policies and lies?

Or maybe you would be happy to see the Tories back in.
But I am sure that they are only interested in policies that help those who live within the M25 and are investment bankers or went to Eton.

Maybe UKIP would be better? That is if you are happy to see the rise of fascism of course.

Or what about the poor old Greens? Some great policies there too, including not bothering with nuclear power as part of the countries energy mix (which means we have to hope it is windy at night time as the solar panels will be no good)

It's easy to knock someone who is already in the job but frankly, TF has worked hard for this constituency, is a positive LD voice who is sticking to LD principles and he deserves are continued support.

Unless the BNP are your cup of tea? Enough said !
People want to know what Tim Farron has actually achieved since becoming our MP, despite all the photo opportunities and rhetoric.
[quote][p][bold]Kendal lad[/bold] wrote: Well, It would seem that Tim F is not exactly the most popular:- that is, amongst those readers of the WG who no doubt would be happy to see Labour get in to the national Government. But didn't they ruin the country with their policies and lies? Or maybe you would be happy to see the Tories back in. But I am sure that they are only interested in policies that help those who live within the M25 and are investment bankers or went to Eton. Maybe UKIP would be better? That is if you are happy to see the rise of fascism of course. Or what about the poor old Greens? Some great policies there too, including not bothering with nuclear power as part of the countries energy mix (which means we have to hope it is windy at night time as the solar panels will be no good) It's easy to knock someone who is already in the job but frankly, TF has worked hard for this constituency, is a positive LD voice who is sticking to LD principles and he deserves are continued support. Unless the BNP are your cup of tea? Enough said ![/p][/quote]People want to know what Tim Farron has actually achieved since becoming our MP, despite all the photo opportunities and rhetoric. Little Lee
  • Score: 14

7:57am Thu 29 May 14

drixhen says...

I can assure you Ken trigger I am not a desktop Tory or any other kind of Tory I have my opinion and you have yours .
I can assure you Ken trigger I am not a desktop Tory or any other kind of Tory I have my opinion and you have yours . drixhen
  • Score: -2

9:03am Thu 29 May 14

Kendal lad says...

drixhen wrote:
I can assure you Ken trigger I am not a desktop Tory or any other kind of Tory I have my opinion and you have yours .
That is the beauty of democracy, we can all have our opinions and they are all equally valid.

However, in your earlier post you stated that you may not vote in the next general election. That rather means you will have forfeited your right to a democratic voice.

Don't be surprised if there is an equal level of passion coming back at you. TF has worked hard in this area, I have personal experience of it, and Ken trigger is right, it is for the work that TF has done for his individual constituents that he should be supported and applauded.
[quote][p][bold]drixhen[/bold] wrote: I can assure you Ken trigger I am not a desktop Tory or any other kind of Tory I have my opinion and you have yours .[/p][/quote]That is the beauty of democracy, we can all have our opinions and they are all equally valid. However, in your earlier post you stated that you may not vote in the next general election. That rather means you will have forfeited your right to a democratic voice. Don't be surprised if there is an equal level of passion coming back at you. TF has worked hard in this area, I have personal experience of it, and Ken trigger is right, it is for the work that TF has done for his individual constituents that he should be supported and applauded. Kendal lad
  • Score: -4

10:39am Thu 29 May 14

give-up says...

I'll start off by making it clear I'm not a Tory or any other party follower - I will vote for who I think is best for the job. Tim Farron may work hard locally, but he's doing the job of our District and County Councillors, NOT the job of a constituency MP. It's worked. He's fooled locals into thinking he's worth voting for. Yet, despite being a member of the Government of the day with all the power that entails, he has failed to influence that Government in any way that benefits Westmorland and Lonsdale. There has been no job creation, no investment in infra-structure and no recognition of the problems rural communities face. Yes, he'll get your child statemented or your street light fixed, but that's not his job. Come on Tim (I'm sure you'll read this!), get to work IN WESTMINSTER, or you don't get my vote.
I'll start off by making it clear I'm not a Tory or any other party follower - I will vote for who I think is best for the job. Tim Farron may work hard locally, but he's doing the job of our District and County Councillors, NOT the job of a constituency MP. It's worked. He's fooled locals into thinking he's worth voting for. Yet, despite being a member of the Government of the day with all the power that entails, he has failed to influence that Government in any way that benefits Westmorland and Lonsdale. There has been no job creation, no investment in infra-structure and no recognition of the problems rural communities face. Yes, he'll get your child statemented or your street light fixed, but that's not his job. Come on Tim (I'm sure you'll read this!), get to work IN WESTMINSTER, or you don't get my vote. give-up
  • Score: 16

11:05am Thu 29 May 14

PeterRogerson says...

Does it really matter who gets in, be it locally, regionally or nationally? Nothing will change, it never has. We have seen so many MP's banding about the same words and phrases that they are all now just meaningless. The idea of becoming an MP I always thought was to make a difference, a majority of MP's today are purely there for themselves, to line their pockets and look after themselves. As power switches from Tory to Labour and back again, policy come in, they change again...there's simply no point to these MP's anymore.
Does it really matter who gets in, be it locally, regionally or nationally? Nothing will change, it never has. We have seen so many MP's banding about the same words and phrases that they are all now just meaningless. The idea of becoming an MP I always thought was to make a difference, a majority of MP's today are purely there for themselves, to line their pockets and look after themselves. As power switches from Tory to Labour and back again, policy come in, they change again...there's simply no point to these MP's anymore. PeterRogerson
  • Score: 17

11:07am Thu 29 May 14

Kendal lad says...

give-up wrote:
I'll start off by making it clear I'm not a Tory or any other party follower - I will vote for who I think is best for the job. Tim Farron may work hard locally, but he's doing the job of our District and County Councillors, NOT the job of a constituency MP. It's worked. He's fooled locals into thinking he's worth voting for. Yet, despite being a member of the Government of the day with all the power that entails, he has failed to influence that Government in any way that benefits Westmorland and Lonsdale. There has been no job creation, no investment in infra-structure and no recognition of the problems rural communities face. Yes, he'll get your child statemented or your street light fixed, but that's not his job. Come on Tim (I'm sure you'll read this!), get to work IN WESTMINSTER, or you don't get my vote.
Get a grip on reality.

TF and the LD's in government were given a poison chalice. The choice they had was go into government to try to curtail the worst excesses that a Tory majority would have reeked on the country and get the flack for that OR

Walk away, see a Tory minority call a new vote and see them get in.

What is a constituency MP supposed to do BUT help his / her constituents?

Maybe if we could all stop being so precious about the countryside we could see some factories built to create jobs. Maybe we could see new road and rail links built, maybe invest in our existing towns? And to do that you need a strong MP who has local issues on their minds.
[quote][p][bold]give-up[/bold] wrote: I'll start off by making it clear I'm not a Tory or any other party follower - I will vote for who I think is best for the job. Tim Farron may work hard locally, but he's doing the job of our District and County Councillors, NOT the job of a constituency MP. It's worked. He's fooled locals into thinking he's worth voting for. Yet, despite being a member of the Government of the day with all the power that entails, he has failed to influence that Government in any way that benefits Westmorland and Lonsdale. There has been no job creation, no investment in infra-structure and no recognition of the problems rural communities face. Yes, he'll get your child statemented or your street light fixed, but that's not his job. Come on Tim (I'm sure you'll read this!), get to work IN WESTMINSTER, or you don't get my vote.[/p][/quote]Get a grip on reality. TF and the LD's in government were given a poison chalice. The choice they had was go into government to try to curtail the worst excesses that a Tory majority would have reeked on the country and get the flack for that OR Walk away, see a Tory minority call a new vote and see them get in. What is a constituency MP supposed to do BUT help his / her constituents? Maybe if we could all stop being so precious about the countryside we could see some factories built to create jobs. Maybe we could see new road and rail links built, maybe invest in our existing towns? And to do that you need a strong MP who has local issues on their minds. Kendal lad
  • Score: -10

11:25am Thu 29 May 14

give-up says...

Kendal lad, personally, I'm glad they're working to reduce the deficit - there is no alternative - but he's there to help his constituents on the big stuff, not the stuff that can be sorted locally. He could be talking to big business about investing in South Cumbria to create jobs, or diverting some of the new funds for road repairs our way, promoting policies to reduce the North/South divide and housing policies tailored for our needs, not those of London. I could go on, but you get my drift.
Kendal lad, personally, I'm glad they're working to reduce the deficit - there is no alternative - but he's there to help his constituents on the big stuff, not the stuff that can be sorted locally. He could be talking to big business about investing in South Cumbria to create jobs, or diverting some of the new funds for road repairs our way, promoting policies to reduce the North/South divide and housing policies tailored for our needs, not those of London. I could go on, but you get my drift. give-up
  • Score: 7

10:35am Sat 31 May 14

todhrocks@btinternet.com says...

Let's not get debt confused with deficit. Since Tim's government came to power the national debt has risen a staggering £5.6 billion to £1.3 trillion.
Let's not get debt confused with deficit. Since Tim's government came to power the national debt has risen a staggering £5.6 billion to £1.3 trillion. todhrocks@btinternet.com
  • Score: 3

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