The Independent has revealed that Matthew Oakeshott was the ‘Lib Dem supporter’ behind the ICM polling which we covered here.
In an article headed ‘Vince Cable allies accused of plotting to bring down Nick Clegg‘ it claims:
Lord Oakeshott has been a close friend of Mr Cable for many years and has made no secret of his desire to see the Business Secretary succeed Mr Clegg.
It goes on to quote various unnamed MPs and party sources, but crucially it adds:
Some Lib Dem MPs and candidates believe the party needs to remove Mr Clegg to improve its chances in next year’s general election. There is no suggestion that Mr Cable was aware of the poll in advance of its publication. [Our emphasis]
* Mary Reid is the Monday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.