Ming: a woman will stand for leader when I go

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2007

An interesting comment from Ming Campbell, as reported in The Guardian:

“When the moment comes, it won’t just be Huhne and Clegg, there will be others, including at least one woman. There’s some very bright cookies around.”

Any similarity between that statement and this article in The Scotsman is surely coincidental:

‘Revealed: Lib Dem version of Margaret Thatcher, 29’.

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Perhaps he means Elspeth?”

by Rob Fenwick on September 20, 2007 at 9:27 am. Reply #

Julia to be ‘leader after next’, but don’t tell the activists, it’d upset them.

Hmm, I’m looking for an objection to the idea m’self. Nope, not seeing one.

But not as a replacement for Ming, a first time MP fine, but a first time MP younger than me? Actually, that could work.

I still want Lynne to run.

by MatGB on September 20, 2007 at 10:00 am. Reply #

Lyne Featherstone?


by Salim Fadhley on September 20, 2007 at 10:08 am. Reply #

As a Conservative, I would be over the moon if you chose Featherstone!

by Justin Hinchcliffe on September 20, 2007 at 10:10 am. Reply #

This seems a perfectly obvious statement for Ming to make. We have talented femal MP’s. Seems to be a bit too revolutionary for some though…
Next there’ll be suggestions that one day we could even see a BME MP even going for Leader!

by Meral Ece on September 20, 2007 at 10:13 am. Reply #

I’d be all in favour of a woman leader, but with one important proviso. She absolutely has to be good looking. At present, I’m not sure I can see where the “talent” lies within the Westminster lady MPs.

by Laurence Boyce on September 20, 2007 at 10:42 am. Reply #

“We have talented female MPs”

Yes, but Julia Goldsworthy isn’t one of them.

by Gavin Whenman on September 20, 2007 at 10:56 am. Reply #

Laurence (at 5), you are naughty, but I did giggle.

by Stuart on September 20, 2007 at 10:58 am. Reply #

So the media have spent this conference talking about a leadership contest that exists only in their pikaian brains. But not content with that, some of them are now waxing their carrots about the next fictitious leadership contest after this fictitious leadership contest.

by lunartalks on September 20, 2007 at 12:11 pm. Reply #

Perhaps there’ll be a BME candidate too? No?

Someone that didn’t slide in via posh upbringing, millions in bank and Brussels?

But no to Goldswothy, no to the millionairess, no to that crashing and burning end of her Teather woman.

Ming must mean Kramer surely? Surely?

by Chris Paul on September 20, 2007 at 1:09 pm. Reply #

Didn’t Maggie only become leader because she challenged a sitting male leader who was perceived as a failure when everyone else thought it better to wait though 🙂

by Hywel Morgan on September 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm. Reply #

Yes, Thatcher wasn’t exactly nurtured by the Conservative Party. She was nominated against Heath by the hard right of the party because none of the obvious candidates had a chance, all of them being barking, and she was a marginal enough figure not to have made enemies within the faction. (They might also have thought that they could control her if she won. Ha ha ha.) And allegedly Airey Neave fixed the election so that she beat Heath.

by helsom on September 20, 2007 at 5:20 pm. Reply #

The Tories in Cornwall appear to be panicking about the chances of Julia becoming Leader. On Conservative Home leader page they are frantic about the headlines this will create in the Cornish papers, especially just before a possible Election.
Julia seems to be very popular on her home patch, and her friend,the newcomer Teverson seems to be getting there on the Truro/Falmouth scene.

by WINKLER on September 20, 2007 at 10:36 pm. Reply #

Julia Goldsworthy has been my favourite for the next leader for a while (or leader after next). She’s the closest thing we have to a normal human being on our front benches but she certainly needs some more time and assistance to become real leadership material.

by Letterman on September 20, 2007 at 11:03 pm. Reply #

Lynne to stand. She has the ability, the commitment, the common touch, and the work rate.

by dreamingspire on September 21, 2007 at 9:09 am. Reply #

“the newcomer Teverson”

Hardly a newcomer – she fought Falmouth and Camborne in 92 and 97.

by Hywel Morgan on September 21, 2007 at 9:28 am. Reply #

It will be good for the cornish liberal democrats in the run up for an early general election because the Cornish Media, especially the weekly papers will indulge in a feeding frenzy, which is great publicity.
If and it is an If, Julia stands against two men she has a good chance in being a woman.
I bet the cornish conservatives are anxious with the publicity.

by welsh and proud to be a liberal on September 21, 2007 at 9:32 am. Reply #

perhaps we wont have a woman running, perhaps we will. Its certainly a possibility considering how bloody good our few women MPs are in comparison to most of the men. I thought Jo Swinson was very good at conference although I do have a certain admiration for Susan Kramer.

by a radical writes on September 21, 2007 at 10:50 pm. Reply #

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