>Rumours reach my ears that the leadership contest may only be between Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg. Neither of these would be my first choice and I don’t relish the prospect of choosing between them. This isn’t to say that I don’t like them – both could do the job, but it’s a bit like having to choose between cheddar and double gloucester – we need some gorgonzola, or some brie in there.
I think it cheats the members to prevent them having a full debate about the future direction of the Party. I don’t know where people get the idea that Huhne is a leftie from – a Huhne/Clegg contest is simply a duel between the centre right and a little bit more centre right.
I hope that MPs reflect on this and don’t just rush to back either of these without exploring other options. Who is going to be this contest’s Huhne? Remember he came from nowhere last time so there is still an opportunity to steal the limelight from the two frontrunners.
It is particularly disappointing that no candidate of the left of the Party has yet emerged. I would have hoped to see either Steve Webb or Paul Holmes on the ballot.
The Party needs and deserves a wider choice and I hope that the MPs will realise that and reconsider their positions.