— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 8, 2015
The Indy on Sunday is reporting this morning that a number of the partyâ€™s peers and MPs have approached him about being a candidate should there be a post May 7th leadership contest. It reports:
Speaking before the Lib Dem spring conference in Liverpool this week, Mr Lamb admitted he is thinking about running.
‘When people raise this with me it inevitably makes you think, in the circumstances envisaged, what would I do?â€ said Mr Lamb. â€œI have to answer the question. Iâ€™m fiercely loyal to Nick. I always have been, but at some point there will be a further [leadership election] and I will consider the position. I am open-minded about it. My view is if people think well of the job that Iâ€™ve done [as Health minister] and people then, as a result, conclude they want me to have a go for the top job, then I will consider it.’
Lamb is one of the strongest LD favourites to hold his seat (N Norfolk) at the election and has the backing of the party establishment. The latter is usually the determining factor in the party.
He’s seen as a very safe pair of hands who in his own low key way is a highly effective communicator. My guess is that the party grandees would prefer him to Farron who is popular with activists.
I first got on him at 25/1 in April 2011. He’s now into about 6/1.