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Monday, January 30, 2006
Plymouth Hustings
Here's a report.

Meanwhile in the Guardian.

Chris Huhne suggested that his rival Simon Hughes was no longer a serious contender after coverage of his personal life.

The people I have spoken too seem more concerned about the way Simon has slagged off the people who worked so hard to get him elected in the first place.

The Sunday Times had some more positive comments on the campaign:

There is a debate in the Lib Dems, not spoken of by the media or even leadership candidates, about which course the party should take. It is after Sir Ming Campbell wins that a real battle starts.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 8:18 am  
  • At 30 January, 2006 09:10, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When reading the Guardian article I think you need to distinguish between what Chris actually said in the interview:

    "It's a fact that in terms of the perceptions of both journalism and the bookies it is now effectively a fairly close race between me and Ming. So to that extent that it is a consequence."

    With the Guardian's headline and spin.

  • At 30 January, 2006 09:18, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually the only things which disturbs me is the facts that Hughes was forced to out himself in the Sun (which is wrong from the Sun's side), and yet he portrays himself as courageous for coming out (which is wrong from the Hughes'side).

  • At 30 January, 2006 10:07, Anonymous Valerie said…

    Come on, Anonymous - he could have chosen to say something more generous.

    Instead, he chose to suggest that it was now a race between him and Ming. The fact that he added 'in terms of the per perception of journalism and bookies'(and all the papers have quoted it in full) doesn't change much. I wasn't impressed.

  • At 30 January, 2006 10:38, Blogger Peter Pigeon said…

    I must say that I agree with Valerie.

    But Huhne's statement is objectively true. Before the revelations, Hughes was a relatively close second at the bookies (much closer than Huhne now). He is now a relatively distant third.

    Campbell, Menzies 1/2
    Huhne, Chris 5/2
    Hughes, Simon 13/2

    Hughes was at 2/1 before the story broke, I believe.

  • At 30 January, 2006 14:35, Blogger The Cat said…

    c'mon Valerie, all he was saying is "It's a two horse race" ... or indeed, it's a straight choice ;o)

    That just shows he knows how to run a Lib Dem campaign, thank goodness!

    What Huhne said was a) sensible b) good tactics c) inoffensive d) true!

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