Ming Campbell understands the need to tackle the over concentration of power in Westminster.

Readers of the Guardian’s letters pages may have noticed the following letter from Liberal Democrat council leaders across the UK backing Ming Campbell:

Dear Sir,

We are Liberal Democrat Leaders of Councils from across the country.

Despite the many obituaries written for our party over the last few weeks the stunning result in the Dunfermline by-election has demonstrated the potential for further advances.

Now the party must decide who is best able to realise that potential and lead us to further success. We are backing Ming Campbell as the best candidate to lead our party forward. We believe that he has the experience, judgement and credibility necessary to capitalise on the by-election and galvanise the party with a clear sense of purpose.

Ming Campbell understands the need to tackle the over concentration of power in Westminster. Giving power back to local communities and trusting them to take the decisions that affect their lives stands in stark contrast to Labour and Conservative.

Ming Campbell has the leadership qualities needed to unite our party and provide the principled liberal opposition to both Brown and Cameron as they fight over the Blair inheritance.

We urge local party members to give him their wholehearted backing.

Yours faithfully

Cllr Cathy Bakewell,
Leader of Somerset County Council

Cllr Gill Ferguson,
Leader of Waverly Borough Council

Cllr Cheryl Green,
Leader of Bridgend District Council

Cllr Brian Greenslade,
Leader of Devon County Council

Cllr Heather Kidd,
Leader of South Shropshire District Council

Cllr John Morrison,
Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council

Cllr Derek Osbourne,
Leader of Royal Borough of Kingston

Cllr Simon Partridge,
Leader of North Norfolk District Council

Cllr Paull Robathan,
Leader of South Somerset District Council

Cllr Tony Robertson,
Leader of Sefton Council

Cllr Andrew Smith,
Leader of Chichester District Council

Cllr Mike Storey,
Former Leader of Liverpool City Council

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson,
Leader of Portsmouth City Council

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