Daisy Cooper: Now is not the right time for me to go for leader

Daisy Cooper has announced on social media that she will not be standing for leader.

In her statement she says that she was flattered by the messages she received from Liberal Democrat members asking her to stand but she has decided against it.

My decision on whether to stand was always going to depend on the timing and, as the contest has been brought forward to this Summer I’ve decided that, right now, this isn’t the time for me.

As the first Lib Dem MP for St Albans she wants to concentrate on her constituency at the moment.

Here’s some of the reaction:

Daisy made the Presidential Election of 2015 so much more interesting, entering at a late stage and coming second.

I’ve worked with her on the Federal Board’s predecessor, the Federal Executive and I know that she has absolutely no compunction about speaking truth to power. I’m disappointed that she is not standing, though I completely understand her reasons.

It will be interesting to see how those people who were waiting for Daisy’s decision decide to break among the other three (so far) declared and expected candidates, Ed Davey, Layla Moran and Wera Hobhouse. Christine Jardine has already ruled herself out. We will have to see if there are any surprise entries into the race. Nominations open on 24th June and close on 9th July. The full timetable is here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • George Kendall 23rd May '20 - 3:51pm

    Daisy is a new MP, and she needs to dig in in St Albans and ensure she keeps her seat.

    I was undecided who to go for (still am). But I think this decision by Daisy shows good judgement, and would make me more inclined to support her if she ever has a chance to stand for leader in the future.

    A lot of people talk about charisma in our leader, but, personally, I think good judgement is even more important. Well done Daisy for showing it.

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