Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke backing beleaguered leader Nick Clegg

Bournemouth Echo: Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke backing beleaguered leader Nick Clegg Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke backing beleaguered leader Nick Clegg

LIBERAL Democrat MP Annette Brooke, pictured, said she was not calling on her party leader Nick Clegg to resign or signing the e-petition launched by grassroots members urging him to go.

The Mid Dorset and North Poole MP, who is chairman of the Lib Dem parliamentary party, said there was a scheduled meeting coming up and, while she was not putting an item on the agenda, she could not rule out someone raising the issue.

“Tearing ourselves apart is absolutely ridiculous,” she said. “What we need to do is to look at everything and just think about the message and how we deliver it.”

Dire local and Euro election results have resulted in 300 party activists calling for Nick Clegg to be replaced as party leader and former treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott has quit the party with a warning that it is “heading for disaster”.

Mrs Brooke, who is not standing for re-election next year, said: “My position is always move forward and don’t unnecessarily tear yourself apart.”

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8:59am Thu 29 May 14

RM says...

Mrs Brooke is giving her views on her Leader as an MP. However, as a voter, I see Mr Clegg as the Party's greatest vote loser. 'University fees Nick' is still remembered for that particular piece of treachery and the young people directly effected by it will be taking part in their first General Election next year. And that's apart from his twisting & turning over the originally promised Lib Dem EU Referendum which we older voters remember..
Mrs Brooke is giving her views on her Leader as an MP. However, as a voter, I see Mr Clegg as the Party's greatest vote loser. 'University fees Nick' is still remembered for that particular piece of treachery and the young people directly effected by it will be taking part in their first General Election next year. And that's apart from his twisting & turning over the originally promised Lib Dem EU Referendum which we older voters remember.. RM
  • Score: 5

9:13am Thu 29 May 14

Hessenford says...

Nick Clegg has dug himself into a whopping great hole by flying in the face of popular opinion when it comes to Europe.
Whether you like Nigel Farage or not he speaks his mind on Europe and only airs opinions which most of us a frightened to say out loud.
Nick Clegg is supposed to represent the people of this country, the recent European vote clearly shows he is not doing that.
The only thing Nick Clegg has achieved since 2010 is to increase the tax threshold for millions of workers which is greatly appreciated but, its a shame he doesn't share the views of millions of us that we are fed up with Europe telling us what to do.
I remember the day we joined the common market but I don't remember the day I joined a European superstate.
Annette Brooke and the likes of Nick Clegg have had their day and in my book good riddance to them.
Unless the present government and other parties listen to the people UKIP will gain ground more and more.
Nick Clegg has dug himself into a whopping great hole by flying in the face of popular opinion when it comes to Europe. Whether you like Nigel Farage or not he speaks his mind on Europe and only airs opinions which most of us a frightened to say out loud. Nick Clegg is supposed to represent the people of this country, the recent European vote clearly shows he is not doing that. The only thing Nick Clegg has achieved since 2010 is to increase the tax threshold for millions of workers which is greatly appreciated but, its a shame he doesn't share the views of millions of us that we are fed up with Europe telling us what to do. I remember the day we joined the common market but I don't remember the day I joined a European superstate. Annette Brooke and the likes of Nick Clegg have had their day and in my book good riddance to them. Unless the present government and other parties listen to the people UKIP will gain ground more and more. Hessenford
  • Score: 5

9:39am Thu 29 May 14

The Liberal says...

I think she's probably right. It's too late to make any difference and they're heading for disaster at the next election. If Clegg and some of his cronies had been ousted and the party had pulled out of the coalition a couple of years ago, it might have been a different story.
I think she's probably right. It's too late to make any difference and they're heading for disaster at the next election. If Clegg and some of his cronies had been ousted and the party had pulled out of the coalition a couple of years ago, it might have been a different story. The Liberal
  • Score: 5

10:09am Thu 29 May 14

Ziggy starburst says...

As a footnote to all this current ukip nonsense. Before people vote for him, presumably because he's going to "sort out all these foreigners". Has he actually got any policies? He bangs on about Europe (doesn't mind some of the whiter ones like the German he married) and the Romanians hiding under our beds but he does actually say what he's going to do about it. He's another devious Tory who has spotted a gap in the market. He's also against minimum wage and is happy to break up ie sell off (aka privatise) the NHS. Those two policies alone are more worrying for the long term outlook for this country. Not that wealthy Tory Bournemouth residents are bothered about the long term, just blame the foreigners. It's a cliche but that's how hitler got a grasp in politics. Blame a handful of people based on their race. The reality is, we are bankrupt, have been for years, still are. It's just passing streams of 0's and 1's around on a screen to patch up the economy for a few months. The banks are still trading dishonestly and are now back on their feet. When they get caught, pay a fine with non existent money, pay off the bloke who agreed to hang for it (with more made up money) and carry on as usual. All the real wealth is being sat on by a handful of people who don't need to circulate it. Nah, only joking, it's that Bulgarian bloke that flooded in on New Year's Day.
As a footnote to all this current ukip nonsense. Before people vote for him, presumably because he's going to "sort out all these foreigners". Has he actually got any policies? He bangs on about Europe (doesn't mind some of the whiter ones like the German he married) and the Romanians hiding under our beds but he does actually say what he's going to do about it. He's another devious Tory who has spotted a gap in the market. He's also against minimum wage and is happy to break up ie sell off (aka privatise) the NHS. Those two policies alone are more worrying for the long term outlook for this country. Not that wealthy Tory Bournemouth residents are bothered about the long term, just blame the foreigners. It's a cliche but that's how hitler got a grasp in politics. Blame a handful of people based on their race. The reality is, we are bankrupt, have been for years, still are. It's just passing streams of 0's and 1's around on a screen to patch up the economy for a few months. The banks are still trading dishonestly and are now back on their feet. When they get caught, pay a fine with non existent money, pay off the bloke who agreed to hang for it (with more made up money) and carry on as usual. All the real wealth is being sat on by a handful of people who don't need to circulate it. Nah, only joking, it's that Bulgarian bloke that flooded in on New Year's Day. Ziggy starburst
  • Score: 5

4:44pm Thu 29 May 14

Bohochic72 says...

“My position is always move forward and don’t unnecessarily tear yourself apart.”
Of course it is! She's standing down at the next election with a nice fat pay-off and pension. Probably saw all this coming (her "majority" was down to around 300 votes) so decided it wasn't worth tearing herself up about.
“My position is always move forward and don’t unnecessarily tear yourself apart.” Of course it is! She's standing down at the next election with a nice fat pay-off and pension. Probably saw all this coming (her "majority" was down to around 300 votes) so decided it wasn't worth tearing herself up about. Bohochic72
  • Score: 3

7:28pm Thu 29 May 14

ShuttleX says...

I say keep Clegg. That is the surest way of the LibDems getting the biggest hiding in their history. For all their "principles" the moment they got a bit of power, they stuck their noses in the trough like the rest of the parties. They have made no difference what so ever. Clegg is just Camerons puppet, pure and simple.
I say keep Clegg. That is the surest way of the LibDems getting the biggest hiding in their history. For all their "principles" the moment they got a bit of power, they stuck their noses in the trough like the rest of the parties. They have made no difference what so ever. Clegg is just Camerons puppet, pure and simple. ShuttleX
  • Score: 2

9:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Cleggy is like a jungle explorer pushing ahead in the direction where he thinks a valley of gold lays awaiting him.

Twice in one week he receives a call from the satellite navigation company informing him he is going in the wrong direction.

Cleggy ignores the warnings, sure in his own mind that if he keeps forging ahead on the same path he will be fine and it'll all work out as he planned.

Eventually a search party is sent out and after a long period of searching they fine Clegg's skeleton, the flesh long eaten by animals and even some bones are missing. The search party scoop up the remaining bits and put them into an empty swan vesta box.
They then make the long arduous journey back with a 'we did try to warn him look on their faces.

Clegg's Dutch mother and Spanish wife are racked with guilt that they tried to brainwash Cleggy to make the journey in the first place. But they move on with their lives anyway.
Cleggy is like a jungle explorer pushing ahead in the direction where he thinks a valley of gold lays awaiting him. Twice in one week he receives a call from the satellite navigation company informing him he is going in the wrong direction. Cleggy ignores the warnings, sure in his own mind that if he keeps forging ahead on the same path he will be fine and it'll all work out as he planned. Eventually a search party is sent out and after a long period of searching they fine Clegg's skeleton, the flesh long eaten by animals and even some bones are missing. The search party scoop up the remaining bits and put them into an empty swan vesta box. They then make the long arduous journey back with a 'we did try to warn him look on their faces. Clegg's Dutch mother and Spanish wife are racked with guilt that they tried to brainwash Cleggy to make the journey in the first place. But they move on with their lives anyway. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

12:15am Fri 30 May 14

guisselle says...

Too many politicians seem to be stuck in a dogmatic rut whilst gerry-mandering
class to suit.
Too many politicians seem to be stuck in a dogmatic rut whilst gerry-mandering class to suit. guisselle
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Fri 30 May 14

RM says...

Bohochic72 wrote:
“My position is always move forward and don’t unnecessarily tear yourself apart.”
Of course it is! She's standing down at the next election with a nice fat pay-off and pension. Probably saw all this coming (her "majority" was down to around 300 votes) so decided it wasn't worth tearing herself up about.
Mrs Brooke has been a very good MP in my opinion & has done her best for local people of all political persuasions not just other Lib Dems. However, I think Clegg as leader & the constraints of the Coalition have rung the death knell of the party - for the time being anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Bohochic72[/bold] wrote: “My position is always move forward and don’t unnecessarily tear yourself apart.” Of course it is! She's standing down at the next election with a nice fat pay-off and pension. Probably saw all this coming (her "majority" was down to around 300 votes) so decided it wasn't worth tearing herself up about.[/p][/quote]Mrs Brooke has been a very good MP in my opinion & has done her best for local people of all political persuasions not just other Lib Dems. However, I think Clegg as leader & the constraints of the Coalition have rung the death knell of the party - for the time being anyway. RM
  • Score: -1

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