The Apollo Project
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Monday, January 09, 2006
That Gladstonian touch
by Peter

This is Ashdown on the leadership contest:

Lord Ashdown, who is now a diplomat in the Balkans, admitted he had not made public a preference at the last leadership contest, to replace him.

He said: "Last time I thought it improper that as the departing leader of the party I should support anybody.

"I think that is probably right. But now that I am the last leader at one remove I suppose I can come among you unmuzzled and say who I am going to support. The short answer is Menzies Campbell."

I liked that Gladstonian bit.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 1:30 pm  
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