And the first confirmed new Lib Dem Parliamentarian of the night is... Caroline Pidgeon, who has been appointed to the House of Lords. Congratulations Caroline! Sign up to get the latest news and analysis

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

The Scottish constituency breakdown of the exit poll should be taken with a fairly large pinch of salt. In 2019, it predicted we would lose all of our seats north of the border and we won 4. The MRP models don't generally do Scotland that well. This time, it predicts that we are on 5 our current 4 plus Mid Dumbartonshire. That would coincide with our own hopes and, I think, backs up what we have picked up on the ground during the campaign. So, fingers crossed that is accurate. Labour are predicted to gain 29 seats, bringing them to ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Ed Davey made these comments after the polls closed: The Liberal Democrats are on course for our best results in a century, thanks to our positive campaign with health and care at its heart. I am humbled by the millions of people who backed the Liberal Democrats to both kick the Conservatives out of power and deliver the change our country needs. Every Liberal Democrat MP will be a strong local champion for their community standing up for the NHS and care. Whether you voted for us or not, we will work day in and day out and we will ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice

Congratulations to Caroline Pidgeon, our recently retired Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly, who has been appointed to the House of Lords in the Dissolution Honours List. Responding to the announcement, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: Caroline Pidgeon is a fantastic Liberal Democrat and has been an incredible public servant for more than a quarter of a century. She has a brilliant track record of fighting for better public services, from policing to public transport. I am delighted to welcome Caroline to Parliament to fight for a fair deal for the British people. Caroline Pidgeon MBE ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

And so, the campaign is over (thank God, many may think!) and the waiting begins. Of course, as a non-candidate in a seat which would be so far down the Liberal Democrat target list as to require my distance glasses to find it, it would be fair to say that I'm a peripheral player in the big game. I did manage to get to our two designated target seats - Chelmsford and South Cambridgeshire - and even delivered a few leaflets in my own ward here in Ipswich, so I can feel that I made a small contribution to campaigns ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy
Thu 4th

That exit poll

So – the prediction is 61 Lib Dem MPs! That is a rise of 53 on the 2019 result!!! Just brilliant. * Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice
Thu 4th

Thank you

Thank you! Things I didn't expect to hear during a general election campaign included Jason Donovan calling Ed Davey 'sexy' live on TV. As YouGov's polling found, "Looking at favourability figures, the results show that Davey is the only party leader to have experienced a significant improvement in ratings since the beginning of the campaign." Their polling also shows that people are most likely to think we fought a positive campaign and that Ed and our campaign comes out ahead of all the others for people saying that they have a favourable view of it. But while it was Ed's ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Thu 4th

It's almost all over

So how has polling day been for you? I am sure I am not the only person who got sunburnt while telling at a polling station. Talking of which, did anyone mention dogs at polling stations? I had a conversation with this beautiful Pyrenean Mountain Dog while taking numbers. We now wait for the exit polls, which have been pretty accurate in previous elections. To keep you entertained I thought I might remind you of what happened to a previous editor of Lib Dem Voice, Stephen Tall, back in 2015. You may have noticed that the members of the Lib ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice

Welcome to my summary of the latest national voting intention poll from each pollster currently operating in Britain. If you'd like to find out more about how polls work, how reliable they are and how to make sense of them, check out my book, Polling UnPacked: the History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls, or sign up for my weekly email, The Week in Polls: Sign up to The Week in Polls "*" indicates required fields Email* Enter Email Confirm Email If you submit this form, your data will be used in line with the privacy policy here to ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

This is what the (slightly unconventional) Liberal Democrat campaigning has achieved in this election campaign.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Thu 4th

Go for it!

Our warmest wishes go to everyone out campaigning today. If you are a candidate realistically hoping that you will be an MP tomorrow, then go for it (and stop reading political blogs for the time being!). If you are a candidate with little chance of winning, then keep cheerful – we owe you a huge thank you for giving so much to this campaign and keeping the Lib Dem diamonds bright. If you are an activist or supporter who will be spending the day door knocking, delivering, telling or doing those all vital back room tasks, then you are the ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

It seems to have been a long six weeks since Rishi Sunak called a snap election. The Lib Dems and Labour were ready to go but the Tories weren't. It's neck and neck between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives in South Shropshire, with Labour trailing behind. If you don't want to continue with this chaotic government, then please vote for Matthew Green today. Like all Lib Dem MPs he will work hard in his constituency as well as taking on his parliamentary duties. He will speak out for South Shropshire. We need that voice in in a county where ...

Posted by andybodders on

Today is polling day in the General Election. At the heart of the Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto is a £500 million rescue package for care, enabling people to be released from hospital, relieving pressure on the NHS and giving a fair deal to family carers. We will : Create a new Carer's Minimum Wage, boosting the minimum wage for care workers by £2 an hour; Give unpaid carers a fair deal, lifting Carer's Allowance/Carer Support Payment by £1,040 a year and removing the earnings cliff-edge. The party's plans will also: Establish the world-class mental health services Scotland needs, meaning every ...

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End

The Guardian reports that Keir Starmer has insisted the UK will not rejoin the EU, the single market or the customs union within his lifetime. The paper says that the Labour leader told reporters on Wednesday he did not think Britain would go back into any of the three blocs while he was alive, all but ruling out rejoining even if he wins a second term in office: With less than 24 hours to go until polls open, Starmer has largely avoided talking about relations with the EU during the campaign, as Labour seeks to avoid the mistakes it made ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black