An open e-mail to Charles Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on January 7, 2006

I have just sent the following to Charles Kennedy, copied to our 61 other MPs:

Dear Charles,

Thank you for your recent statement, and for your invitation to Lib Dem members to make known our views.

You have been an incredibly successful leader of this Party, and I thank you for all you have done. You have consistently made the right calls on the big decisions that mattered. You have led the Lib Dems to our most successful position in 80 years. We are all in your debt.

However, it is now clear that a change must be made. For your own good, and that of the Party, I ask you to resign, and allow a leadership contest to take place to elect a new leader. I think that, only in this way, can we hope to move forward as a united force to serve the people who elected us.

Thank you again for all that you have done, and I hope your considerable talents will continue to be seen from the Lib Dem benches in the House of Commons.

With kind regards,

Cllr Stephen Tall
Oxford East constituency