Going for It!
After conversations today and yesterday with other possible candidates it is quite clear that the position at the moment is not clear.
Potential Candidates such as Simon Hughes have a short time in which to declare that they either are or are not standing.
I need 7 MP nominations. Nominations from members are already starting to flood in from across the country. If 33 MPs support Ming Campbell that leaves 29 that could nominate Simon, Mark Oaten or myself. There are some people who will nominate either Simon or myself.
What I am doing, therefore, is collecting nominations. If I get the Members support, but MPs decide they don't want me to stand then that is life.
An argument is used by some MPs that I don't have that much experience as an MP. Given that I have 15 years experience as an elected politician and 22 years experience in running my own business I find that a bit unreasonable.
Still things are going well at the moment.