Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Kindly Leave The Stage

More and more of Charlie's trusty MP colleagues are lining up to push him off the stage. And this time they're going public.

Susan Kramer says that holding a leadership contest could "very quickly" clear the air. "We need someone with a ringing endorsement behind them. That could be Charles, that could be someone else, but it's got to be clarified."

Could be Charles, huh?

"We have to move very fast. We would want this to be done and dusted by the end of February or the very beginning of March."

Meanwhile Alistair Carmichael says the leader should now force a vote of confidence among MPs: "Charles himself should force a vote of confidence early in the new year, probably next week when we are back at Westminster." A secret ballot would provide "a full and open and honest assessment of opinion."

Charlie himself still maintains he won't go quietly, but it's difficult to see how he could present himself to the membership for re-election if he'd already lost a confidence vote among the MPs.

Things look bleak: this morning on R4 Today, even fellow Scot and all-round sympathiser Mr Naughty felt free to ask Charlie why he didn't just give up booze. Talk about kicking a guy when he's down.


Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

If the likes of Susan Kramer are now baying for his blood, then surely Kennedy must realise his time his up. I detect the faint whiff of somebody being a little miffed that she didn't get a higher-profile role in the Liberal Democrats' shadow shadow cabinet.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

According to Conservative Home (I think), Norman Baker has popped his head over the parapet as well.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

Bang! And they're off! Kennedy is first out of the blocks...

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

Me again. Oaten and Opik have backed Kennedy already. Adam Boulton has tipped Simon Hughes as the obvious challenger.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

I'm back. Baker has said he won't stand but pointedly refused to back Kennedy and also admitted he signed the no-confidence letter. According to Sky, Cable, Davey and Laws also signed the letter.

6:28 PM  

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