James Forsyth

The forgotten party of British politics

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Conservative Home asks why there isn’t more speculation about Ming Campbell’s future. It does seem odd how easy a ride he’s been given considering that the Lib Dems must be sorely disappointed by the results. But no one talking about why Ming must go is actually the worst possible news for him as it demonstrates how he and the Lib Dems are the forgotten folk of British politics. When the press can’t even be bothered to even fuel leadership speculation you know you’re in trouble.

The situation is just going to get worse for the Lib Dems. For the next few months the media will fixate on Blair’s departure and then Cameron and Brown going head to head; crowding the uncharismatic Campbell out of the picture. Ming, though, can console himself with the fact that the Tories’ slow but steady progress makes a hung parliament all the more likely.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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