Razzall and Littlewood on Ming’s future

by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2007

The Guardian reports on today’s BBC World at One interviews with former Lib Dem campaign manager, Lord Tim Razzall, and former head of communications, Mark Littlewood, here. Both suggest Ming Campbell’s future would come under the spotlight if the party were to under-perform in the Ealing Southall and Sedgefield by-elections this Thursday.

Here are the quotes the Guardian’s pulled out:

Lord Razzall: “There are clearly some people in the party who are complaining about Ming as leader and I think a lot of them are using the Ealing byelection as a sort of catalyst to bring things to a head. My own view is that would be a serious mistake. We would look silly if we were to attempt to change the leader and a lot of the criticisms of Ming are unfair.”

Mark Littlewood: “The truth of the matter is that over the last year or so, the Liberal Democrats’ electoral performance has been somewhat underwhelming. Ealing Southall is by no means home turf for the Liberal Democrats, but if you wanted the sort of electoral test in which you would expect the party to do well, surely this is it.”

And here’s the response from Ed Davey MP, Ming’s chief-of-staff: “The future of the party and the leadership doesn’t depend on one byelection. That would be absurd. What it depends on is clear policies and clear principles, and Ming has ensured that the party has a clear, distinctive and principled position.”

Chris Black and Paul Walter have both posted to their blogs on the subject of whether Ming’s leadership will depend on Thursday’s results.