WITH NICK CLEGG RESIGNING LAST WEEK, THE PARTY MUST PICK A LEADER FROM A SMALL GROUP OF MPS
TIM FARRON | THE CLEAR FAVOURITE
The popular Lake District MP has long been seen as the leader-in-waiting to replace Nick Clegg, having served two terms as the party’s president. He has racked up the campaigning miles, and, as he has not served as a minister, could be seen as a new start for the Lib Dems. Farron says that he is currently “listening to the party” on whether he will run or not, but is already the favourite.
NORMAN LAMB | THE MAIN CHALLENGER
Lamb has built his North Norfolk seat into a fortress, and is seen as a more centrist candidate than the left-wing Farron. He has some experience of government, having served as a minister in both the business and health departments. Lamb is expected to announce his intention to run for the leadership today, and has already been endorsed by a group of Lib Dem members.
ALISTAIR CARMICHAEL | THE ORKNEY OUTSIDER
Carmichael is a definite outsider in the race, but he is feared by Farron’s team. He served in the coalition government as the Lib Dem’s chief whip and as its Scottish secretary during the independence referendum campaign, so has both experience and connections within the party. Like Lamb, he was fiercely loyal to Clegg.