He has sent out a position statement which is basically steady as she goes, neither right nor left etc., concluding with –
I am one of the few Members of Parliament who have the practical experience of having successfully led a political group from opposition to a position of power (in Birmingham). On issues of diversity I have delivered. As far as extra parliamentary considerations are concerned I am almost certainly the only successful entrepreneur in the parliamentary party that is also a member of a Trades Union. I will be taking soundings following this position statement.
That should sew it up…
Lynne Featherstone isn’t running.
31st October: nominations close.
17th December: the new leader will be announced.
Nick Robinson has got the first Ming interview.
But remember, leading the LibDems isn’t just for Christmas….