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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The Mo is with Ming now
by Peter

The Guardian website is running this story.

With both the Guardian and the Independent declaring their support for Sir Menzies this morning, Andrew George, MP for St Ives and the Isles of Scilly, added his name to the long list of parliamentarians backing the frontrunner.

This brings the total number of Liberal Democrat MPs backing Sir Menzies' campaign to 31 - half the parliamentary party and more than Mr Huhne and party president Simon Hughes combined.

The Huhne camp - as ever - is claiming to be past Hughes and into second place. This might be correct, but I would have strong doubts. Few of the Hughes supporters I know have shifted from him, and he is far better known in the party. I don't think that Simon can win, but I would be surprised if he failed to make the last two.

To my mind both the Guardian and the Independent get it right. Ming is a quality leader. He has the support of the largest share of the parliamentary party (Commons, Lords and Strasbourg). All of the Cornish MPs are now lined up behind Ming. We should vote for Ming in large numbers and go forward confidently.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 4:21 pm  
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