50% want Kennedy back within a year

Charles KennedyAs the Westminster Parliament returns for business, 50% of people who answered a Liberal Democrat Voice poll said they would like to see Charles Kennedy back on the Liberal Democrat front bench within a year. A further 27% would like to see him back in the next two to five years. 24% of those polled said he should never return.

Lib Dem Voice asked “When would you like to see Charles Kennedy back on the Lib Dem front bench?”

The responses break down as follows:

  • Never: 24% (51)
  • In under six months: 22% (46)
  • Six months – 1 year: 28% (59)
  • 2 years: 8% (16)
  • 3 years: 1% (2)
  • 4 years: 0% (1)
  • After the next election – whenever that is: 18% (38)

Total Votes : 213

The Liberal Democrat Voice poll is not confined to Liberal Democrat party members, though they form the bulk of the website users. The poll ran from September 19 until October 8.

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  • Kennedy was ok for the time, but like an ex-girlfriend/boyfriend you should never, ever go back!
    Lets move on, we have so much talent in the MP ranks what message would it send out if we went back to Kennedy…desperation. Like any relationship its never as good the second time around, so lets have a Clegg, Huhne, Featherstone and maybe Davey run off nect time.

  • I would like to see Simon Hughes as leader, or failing that, Sarah Teather.

  • Simon’s doing ok as President but he never was the correct person to be leader. Chris Huhne remains the outstanding candidate.

  • terence champion 6th Nov '06 - 10:07pm

    I don’t believe in speaking ill of the dead but I’ii say one thing for Kennedy
    – he knew how to deliver the votes and constituencies.
    The real issue is that the Ming Dynasty has yet to deliver on this front and is highly unlikely to do so.Campbell does not resonate with an electorate that is now looking at younger prime ministerial hopefuls.I’d hate to see all the good work undone.More to the point I think that m.p.s with slender majories should now be giving this whole issue serious thought or start looking for new jobs.

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