Bloggers for Tim: A collection of posts backing Tim Farron for Lib Dem leader

farronforleaderI thought it would be useful to bring together all the blog posts written in support of Tim Farron’s leadership campaign into a single post. I’ve gathered these from Tim’s site, the Lib Dem Blogs aggregator and others I’ve seen links to. If you’ve written a post supporting Tim and it’s not linked here then please let me know about it, either in the comments or on Twitter, and I’ll add you to the list.

One of the earliest blogs to back Tim was Jack Davies. In his post, Why it’s #time4tim to be the Liberal Democrats’ next leader, he talks about how Tim supported him in his efforts to become a Parliamentary candidate, and how Tim’s standing up for liberal values has inspired him.
Another early Tim backer was Richard Morris. His post, Why I’m supporting Tim Farron to be the next Leader of the Liberal Democrats talks about how he shares Tim’s views, how Tim’s not a conventional politician and how he can unite the membership.
Some bloke called Nick Barlow also wrote a couple of posts backing Tim here and here. They’re probably worth a read.
Stephen Tall notes that he hasn’t had a good record in predicting leaders, but in his post on why he’s supporting Tim, he says that Tim is a ‘gut-instinct liberal’ and ‘exactly what the party needs right now’.
Jennie Rigg gives us a list of reasons why she’s supporting Tim, all of which are great including ‘I have seen him change and learn; every time I have seen this happen he has been consistently, instinctively Liberal about how he applies new information.’
Chris Whiting gives us a bit of anticipation about who he’s going to be endorsing, but his presence in this list probably gives away that he endorses Tim for leader as ‘the best choice we have of rejuvenating the Liberal Democrats’.
Will Wilshere began the campaign as a Norman Lamb supporter, but he’s since switched to supporting Tim because of Tim’s ability to inspire campaigners and his views on foreign policy.
Sean Ash gives us 1906 reasons to support Tim Farron. Luckily, that’s not a very very long list of reasons but a link between Tim and the great Liberal general election victory of 1906.
Rich Clare is supporting Tim because we need a lion in the party leadership who can ‘explain complex issues in simple language, somebody who doesn’t sound like all the other voices in Westminster.’
Paul Walter writes that he’s supporting Tim because he’s a ‘lode star of liberalism’ who can ‘re-establish our identity as liberals’.
Stephen Glenn is proud to be supporting Tim as leader because he’s ‘the general to lead us into the sound of gunfire’.
Hannah on The Liberal Queen blog believes that Tim is the right man to lead the Liberal Democrats because he ‘will stand up for Liberal values and will help the Liberal Democrats rise again.’
Cllr Tony Robertson of Sefton Focus blog is supporting Tim.
The LibDemFightback blog has made Tim their choice for leader because of his record of rebellion during the coalition.
Joe Young urges a vote for hope and change in his endorsement, saying that Tim is ‘the best bits of what it is to be liberal all tied up in one package.’
David Shaw’s post, Looking into a Liberal’s soul, looks at Tim from the perspective of another Liberal who’s also a Christian.
Simon Foster’s Get Tim comes from someone who first campaigned with Tim at Newcastle University and says we now ‘need a liberal radical who will lead the rebuilding of our party.’
Simon Banks has backed Tim in a guest post on this blog, saying that Tim is “passionate in his love of liberty and Liberalism and his hatred of injustice and oppression. He can communicate this passion, excite and motivate.”
Also on this blog, Tony Hutson has shared in a comment the endorsement he wrote for Tim on the party’s CIX chatroom. He believes that Tim is “someone who instinctively ‘gets’ the campaigning base of the party.”
Veteran blogger and long-serving AM Peter Black uses his blog to tell us he’s backing Tim because he’s the best placed to repeat what Charles Kennedy did for the party and “has the best chance of changing the narrative quickly.”
Jenni Hollis says that if the party is to rebuild with ‘Operation Phoenix’ we need Tim as leader because he’s “the popular, media savvy, liberal man with a plan.”
Paul Hindley says Tim can deliver ‘values, vision and liberalism’ and knows “that in order to enact change you need to create a movement.”
James King says it’s time for Tim, saying that he can offer the party both “a reason for existence, and a means of getting that through to voters.”
Mark Valladares has chosen to back Tim, saying he has the boldness, integrity and passion we need in a leader.
New member and blogger Sam Willey is backing Tim after seeing him in action at the Newcastle hustings.
Ryan is another new member convinced that Tim is the best choice for leader after seeing him at a hustings – in Bristol this time. He thinks that “Tim has a natural gift on how he engages with people and inspires them to get involved.”
Jonathan Harrison gives a series of reasons for backing Tim, including his passion, his dignity, his ability to organise the grassroots and his commitment to radical policy for the party.
David Warren thinks we have two excellent candidates in the race, but he’s backing Tim because he’s “the better campaigner and therefore the best person to lead us in rebuilding this party”.
An early backer that I missed including in this update is Tom King. He wrote a long post at the start of the campaign looking at what kind of leader the Liberal Democrats need, concluding that Tim was his choice because he’s capable of “taking control of the party and helping us to create a new identity for ourselves.”
Gareth Epps makes his case for why Tim has to be the next Lib Dem leader on a number of points and concludes that “in the position we are in it just has to be Tim.”
Another guest post on this blog comes from Nigel Quinton, who explains why he believes Tim should be our next leader because of his energy, positivity and effectiveness.
Jonathan Calder of Liberal England, and famous for his role as Lord Bonkers’ amanuensis, has announced that he’ll be voting for Tim.
Keith Watts says now is the time we need a charismatic Liberal Democrat leader, and the person for that role is Tim Farron.
Dan Falchikov has also voted for Tim, but has words of warning that if the party wants to recover this is only the start of it.
Dipa Vaya set up some of the early Facebook groups for Tim. She’s now taken to the world of blogging to tell us more about why she’s backing him because he’ll given an energising and empowering rebuild for the party.
Neil Monnery has a long post on his decision in the election, but comes down to voting for Tim because we “need the person who’ll get the best out of the resources they have and put the party in the best position to grow and recover.”
I’d missed Ed Goncalves’ backing of Tim early in the campaign, so apologies he’s so late to the list. “I’m supporting him because his vision speaks to me. Because I believe he speaks for me, and for people like me. And because I strongly believe he is unequivocally the right leader at the right time.”
Chris Whiting has chosen to back Tim for many reasons, including because of the way “charisma and passion shines through in his speeches.”
Joanne Ferguson is a new member backing Tim because he has the ability to inspire people outside of the party, like Charles Kennedy did.
In a guest post here, Grace Goodlad explains her reasons for supporting Tim, saying it’s time for the party to have a fresh start with him as leader.
Another guest post endorsing Tim here came from several dozen Liberal Youth members who are impressed by the way his experience helps him connect with students and young members.
I’d missed Caron Lindsay’s endorsement of Tim, even though she’s not sure how to deal with a leader younger than her but she gives a detailed list of reasons for backing Tim.

That’s all the blog endorsements I could find so far, but if I’ve missed you out, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list. Also, if you want to write about why you’re supporting Tim but don’t have a blog or anything of your own then please get in touch with me, and I’m sure we can sort out a guest post for you here – and if any other bloggers are happy to take guest posts, let me know!

8 thoughts on “Bloggers for Tim: A collection of posts backing Tim Farron for Lib Dem leader”

  1. I shall support Tim Farron as he has fire in his belly able to rouse the supporters.He is a true Liberal based it seems on his Christian beliefs but I have never felt he would use this as an election winning ploy as religion and politics just do not mix
    I see him as a young general who will show us true leadership and is young enough to pull in the younger voters

  2. Hi Nick.
    I don’t have a blog or facebook or anything, but I am on the party’s cix chatroom, and recently posted this endorsement of Tim in there. It wd be cool if you could add it to the others. 🙂
    Tony Hutson

    We are very lucky to have two great candidates. I don’t know Norman, but I do like and admire him, and in different circumstances would be very happy with him as leader.

    However, timing is everything in politics. Parties need particular leadership skills at different times. And right now, following THAT election result, I think Tim is the man.

    Here are three reasons why:

    1. We need a leader with passion, enthusiasm and energy. Someone whose very style can a.) inspire the faithful and also b.) reach beyond the bubble to the wider audience. That’s Tim.

    2. I’m not one of those who say we should totally disavow the coalition. But we do need to draw a line under it, and make clear that the party now going forward is not Nick Clegg’s party. For that, we need someone who was NOT a minister and who voted AGAINST Tuition Fees and Bedroom Tax. This is partly symbolic, but very important.

    3. We need someone who instinctively ‘gets’ the campaigning base of the party. Now here it’s closer between the two, and I don’t mean to disparage
    Norman’s considerable campaigning abilities at all. But Tim’s record in W&L is simply outstanding. He clearly relishes campaigning, and is at his best when on a platform or meeting a roomful of people. Norman, I think, is more comfortable behind a desk or sitting round a table. Both styles are admirable and necessary but – thinking again about the situation we are in right now – what we need most is the sleeves-rolled-up cheerful campaigner.

    If anyone is still un-sure, I’d say watch this video of Tim’s speech to the 2013 conference as president. It lasts about 20 minutes, but it’s worth it.

    Here he shows all of those qualities that we will need at the top for the next few years. Not just gut liberalism: he and Norman both have that. But here
    we see Tim’s energy, commitment, humour, boldness, passion, vision and ability to really connect and inspire. Watch it and then sign up. It’s an exciting campaign to be part of. 8=)

  3. Anyone who cares about rights for LGBT+ people should think very carefully indeed about backing Farron.

    First, he is a committed evangelical Christian. He voted against the sexual orientation discrimination regulations (the ones that forbid, for example, B&B owners to refuse gay couples a double bed or religious adoption agencies to refuse to conisder gay couples as adoptive parents). He abstained on third reading of the equal marriage bill and voted against the programme motion for that bill. The effect of the latter vote had he been in the majority would have been for the opponents of the bill to be able to talk it out and wreck it.

    Secondly – and this is if anything worse – he has been singularly evasive in his engagement wth those who have pointed out this record. I personally had to use all my cross examination skills (:-) ) to get him to accept on twitter that he had actually proactively abstained on the equal marriage bill third reading. He gave the impression in an interview with pinknews that he had forgotten that he voted against the discrimination regulations. His answers on the issue to Andrew Neil on Sunday Politics were also evasive – and he gave the impression, for which had to apologise later, that Peter Tatchell of all people agreed with his stance.

    There is a lack of straightforwardness on this issue from him.

    Lamb on the other hand has an excellent voting record for gay rights and has been totally transparent and open in his comitment.

      1. Granted that religion is the principal enemy of LGBT rights I do view ardent evangelical Chritians with some considerable doubt, yes. Although there are some pro gay Christians I consider that the world on the whole and gay people in particular would be better off without religious beliefs in the public sphere.

        Tim’s YouTube video is vague and spectacularly fails to address the issues except in the most general terms. What *precisely* was it that caused him to vote against the discrimination regs for example?

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