18 December 2007

Nick Clegg is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats

And writing as someone who voted for him (final mention of the Duncan Borrowman monitor, I promise), well done to the chap. Lib Dem Voice has the results breakdown, the young one squeaking in with 50.6% of the vote, just 511 ahead of the Huhney monster.

He kicked off his leadership with a sturdy, but not exactly inspired (unlike Ann Treneman's coining of the phrase "Winter of Disc Content" in today's Times), first speech. Hopefully there will be some sort of Clegg "relaunch" in the new year, to let the general public know he has arrived (as they will no doubt forget, or more likely not have noticed, over the festive period).

Now, is it just me, or did Charles Kennedy seem absolutely sloshed as he was talking to Jon Sopel on BBC News 24 just now? I thought I was about to hear a declaration of love from the ginger one before he was politely ushered off camera... probably to undertake the hunt for more gin.

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