May 27, 2014
THEY ARE A REDUNDANCY:
Damning verdict: Nick Clegg and Lib Dems face wipeout (Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt, 5/26/14, The Guardian)
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 27, 2014 6:39 PM
No one misses the Bull Moosers either.Polling suggest the Liberal Democrats' chances at the 2015 general election would be improved if Nick Clegg was no longer party leader. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty ImagesThe electoral oblivion apparently confronting the Liberal Democrats as led by Nick Clegg was underscored on Monday by leaked opinion polls in four seats showing that the party will be wiped out.Commissioned by a Lib Dem supporter from ICM and subsequently passed to the Guardian, the polling indicates that the Lib Dem leader would forfeit his own Sheffield Hallam constituency at the next election.The party would also lose its seats in in Cambridge, Redcar and Wells, costing MPs Julian Huppert, Ian Swales and Tessa Munt Westminster seats. [...]The damning verdict comes after a crestfallen and visibly exhausted Clegg said in the early afternoon that he would not buckle in the face of woeful European election results that lost the party 10 of its 11 MEP and left it in fifth place.