Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Posts Tagged ‘Julie Horton’

The London Mayoral Merry-go-round

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 24th July, 2011

Voting has now started in the Liberal Democrats’ selection of a Mayoral candidate to fight next May’s London elections. Ballot papers have gone out to all London party members of more than one year’s standing and they have until 31 August to return them to Electoral Reform Services. There are four candidates in the field: Brian Haley, Lembit Opik, Brian Paddick and Mike Tuffrey — four very diferent characters with diverse experience. There will be one official hustings, which I will be chairing, on 27 July at 7pm at Hamilton House in Camden. But with the contest occurring during summer, there is a whole range of local party events for the four men to parade their policies and meet with the selectorate. On Friday Julie Horton and Phil Middleton of Islington LibDems hosted a particularly well-attended garden party at their home in Highbury Hill, with all four candidates present — and I suspect I will be running across most of them again this afternoon at the Croydon Libdems’ annual garden party near Sanderstead. I trust that all will also put in time at the St Peter’s ward local by-election in Islington — a seat held by LibDems until 2006.



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Macdonald’s and Politics

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 24th March, 2011

Islington Liberal Democrats have established a reputation for hosting the most stylish Pizza and Politics in London, especially when these are hosted in the spacious surroundings of Julie Horton’s home. They also get an impressive range of speakers, the latest, last night, being Lord (Ken) Macdonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions and now a LibDem peer. He asked to speak according to Chatham House rules, so unfortunately I can’t report what he said, but there was a lively discussion about gains for civil liberties since the Coalition government was formed, many of these thanks to the tenacity of Liberal Democrats. I stressed my belief that the Party really needs to highlight these ‘wins’ (which are in sharp contrast to the assault on civil liberties that occurred under New Labour) especially in the run-up to next year’s London elections. Labour is too often getting away with painting the government as ‘Tory led’, as if the LibDems have no influence at all, and in places like Islington there are many current or potential Labour voters who care deeply about civil liberties and need to know what has actually been achieved by Liberal Democrats since May 2010.


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