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Thursday, January 19, 2006
Mark Oaten backing Ming? - Updated
by Peter

That was the message from the Guardian. They said

Sir Menzies Campbell promised to be the Liberal Democrats' "bridge to the future" as he formally launched his leadership campaign.

Flanked by Sarah Teather, the Lib Dems' local government spokeswoman, Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Baroness Shirley Williams, Sir Menzies said he wanted to lead a "strong, distinguished" party that would be "serious about politics".

He also received the backing of Mark Oaten, who this afternoon withdrew from the leadership race after only one MP publicly backed him.

But now they have amended ttheir story.

Stephen Tall has a nice piece on Mark Oaten on his blog.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 4:32 pm  
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