Nick Clegg appealing to delegates at LD conference to back him on economy pic.twitter.com/ILLwDLrkgE
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 16, 2013
Clegg looks safe until GE2015
If there was going to be a threat to Nick Clegg’s leadership at the annual conference in Glasgow it was going to come in this morning’s debate on economic strategy.
There was a very strong move to oppose official policy but in the end the votes went with the leadership. It was an easy victory.
If there was a turning point it was the intervention of party president and favourite for next leader, Tim Farron, that made it certain for Clegg. Farron’s reading, I guess, is that his career prospects would be better served by backing Clegg at his stage and not doing anything that could be portrayed as a rift.
In any case the mood of the party has been cheered by the Ashcroft marginals poll which suggests that because of CON-UKIP seepage the yellows are less vulnerable to the blues than was thought.