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New Lib Dem MP says she could stand for party leadership

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:

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“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.

One response to “New Lib Dem MP says she could stand for party leadership

  1. Now that St. Albans District Council is run by the Lib Dems and that Daisy Cooper has been elected to Parliament they have nowhere to go. They now have to deliver the goods and are almost certainly going to let people down. They have nobody else to blame locally now and seem to be redundant of ideas. I suspect they will be found out quite quickly now. That said the result was interesting in St. Albans and appears to be bucking national trends.

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