It’s one ex-leader apiece for Chris and Nick

by Stephen Tall on October 26, 2007

Last week, Paddy Ashdown endorsed Nick Clegg as leader, both in The Guardian and on YouTube.

Today, it’s the turn of David Steel to endorse a candidate – and he’s plumping for Chris Huhne. The full story is on Chris’s campaign website. Here’s Lord Steel’s quote, which also seeks to re-open the Trident debate:

“I have known Chris Huhne for 25 years, and worked last year with him on the Steel Commission. I therefore enthusiastically endorse him. He is a man of great ability and experience.

“Having enjoyed a talk with both candidates there is also one policy matter which motivates my choice. The current party policy on Trident replacement is that we don’t need to make a decision yet. While that is technically correct, it is hardly a convincing stance to put before the electorate.

“With the end of the cold war, with our armed forces requiring better equipment in the fight against terrorism, and with service families seeking improved housing, it is (as former defence chief Lord Brammall argued in a House of Lords debate) unsustainable to commit billions of pounds on a new generation of so called independent nuclear deterrent. Chris Huhne will be bolder on that issue.”