Paddy Ashdown: Campbell is best man to lead Lib Dems

The Guardian today has an interview with Paddy Ashdown where he explains why he is intervening in the current contest to succeed Charles Kennedy and supporting Ming Campbell to lead the Liberal Democrats.

Lord Ashdown boasted a CV as a former royal marine, diplomat and businessman who had been an MP for five years when he was elected as leader.

“It was like entering a secret garden. Almost nothing you have done beforehand, except experience in Westminster politics, can do it,” he said. “I was not a good leader of the party for the first few years: it took me a while to learn. Experience is an important aspect.”

What we need is someone who will give the party credibility and professionalism and show they are serious about power.

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