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Charles Kennedy

A lot of the media have been asking questions about Charles Kennedy. I have always taken the view that the party should be about more than one person.

I explained to the journalists that although I would quite like to be leader of the party (although I am also quite happy to remain a backbencher), I would like Charles Kennedy to remain leader for a while. After all I have only been an MP for about 5 1/2 seconds and it would be far too soon to fight a leadership campaign.

There is a rather silly amendment coming to the conference on Wednesday that means any candidate for leadership has to have the support of 10% of the parliamentary party. Last time there were 5 candidates. With preferential voting this is really unfair as it moves the decision as to who is leader from the membership of party into the MPs - much like the tories really.

For the situation of the last time to reoccur 50% of the parliamentary party would have to have nominated someone.

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