A newly-elected Liberal Democrat MP has indicated she could stand to be leader of the party.
Speaking on talkRadio, Daisy Cooper – who has been MP for St Albans for just 26 days – said that she is focusing on her role as a constituency MP but would not rule out standing to be leader. She said:
“I haven’t made my decision yet but I’ve been a member of the Liberal Democrats for 11 years, I know the party pretty thoroughly”.
Jo Swinson, the previous leader of the Liberal Democrats, lost her seat at the general election. With Ed Davey now acting leader, a number of Lib Dem MPs have expressed interest in running the party.
Cooper added: “I’ve got a lot of experience outside of Parliament and if I do decide to go for the Liberal Democrat leadership I’ll be bringing that experience with me.”
Before becoming an MP, Cooper worked in Commonwealth affairs for the Voluntary Overseas Service, for the Hacked Off campaign for victims of press abuse, and for the cross-party group More United.
Given the Lib Dems failed to fulfil high expectations during the general election campaign, it will be intriguing to see where Cooper, and any other leadership contenders, intend to take the party next.