Mark Pack has an excellent running record on his blog of the known party activities concerning the leadership.
Here is his summary as I write:
9 local parties have voted on a leadership contest: 6 against and 3 in favour a leadership contest
3 local parties have consulted members through meetings: 3 against a leadership contest
29 local party executives have discussed the party’s leadership and not gone ahead with a motion on having a leadership contest (i.e in effect against a leadership contest)
Full details are here.
I greatly respect those who have been arguing against Clegg.
But they’ve basically lost on this occasion. I think it is best that they follow the example of Martin Tod and focus on constructively moving forward rather than going around and around in circles making the same arguments again and again like a dog chasing its tail.
I’m still pinching myself at finding myself Cleggside on this one. I opposed him in the leadership contest, staged my own little protest against him two years ago, and I tend to be on the beard and sandals wing of the party.
But I was hugely impressed by Clegg clearly stating that we are the party of “In” Europe. He is an excellent Deputy Prime Minister. Instinctively I feel inclined to support him.
We can have the leadership discussion after May 2015. It’s going nowhere fast at the moment.
Millennium Dome, Elephant has put all this much better than I can here. In summary, MD,E says:
1. Clegg is a Liberal
2. He is saying Liberal things
3. He’s by far the best we have at communicating Liberal things
4. The Coalition’s policies look like they are just beginning to work
5. He does listen
And, by the way, nostalgia for Charles Kennedy’s leadership is excellent. But it is a rather rose-tinted view of things. Charles is an excellent man. But it would be rather indecorous to disinter the old arguments about him.