Coronation or Election
It is rather sad for Charles Kennedy to end up resigning the way he did. He did get the party to the best result for a third party since the 1920s. It also means that the party members have not had the chance to vote on the issue.
This means it is crucial that the party members have a chance to vote as to who the next leader is. Next Saturday is the "Meeting the Challenge"
I shall continue consulting with party members and activists until after that Conference and make a decision as to whether or not to formally stand in the election then.
I think it is important that there is a contested election this time. Many of the MPs will back Ming Campbell. We owe it to our activists to give them a real choice.
If it is a Campbell-Hemming battle then I would argue the case that I am a potential candidate with a lot of real experience of running things successfully rather than successfully running :-)
However, Ming Campbell is a very effective and impressive politician and if he wins the election I am sure he will do a good job.