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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Coronation not welcome

Predictably, the Sunday papers are full of details about Charles Kennedy's resignation, the events that led up to it, the pressures and more stuff on his drink problem. There also seems to be a head of steam building up to crown Menzies Campbell without an election.

As a member and somebody who has a stake in this I believe that such a coronation would be the worst of all worlds. The MPs have got their way but they have to understand that they do not run the party.

The Liberal Democrats belongs to its members. It is the members now who must decide how we will go forward and in which direction. They must be able to choose the new leader and they must be given the opportunity to openly debate the future of the party. There has to be an election, it is the only way in which we can start the healing process.
Heeeyahhh Heeeyaahhh *waves order paper*
I agree. Personally, I'd like to see Ming as caretaker leader until after the local elections with a contested election to follow. The time lets the dust settle and gives other candidates the chance to build support, given Ming's rather hasty declaration yesterday, and five months for us to see whether Ming would be as good a leader as we have been told for so long.
I think it is very important for the grassroots membership that we have an election.

Many are upset about what has happened and feel the decison is being taken out of their hands.
I agree with Peter, and Rob, and Will and Susanne.

It's odd were all so unanimous when what we really want is a debate :)
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