Ed Davey miles ahead in Lib Dem leadership poll

Davey was a minister in the Coalition government

Ed Davey is the clear favourite to be the next permanent Liberal Democrat leader, a new poll has shown.

According to the New Statesman, the poll shows that 33% of Lib Dem members polled said Davey should be the next leader.

The next favourites were Layla Moran on 13% and new MP Daisy Cooper on 2%. However, 42% of respondents said they cannot decide yet.

When given an option of Davey, Moran or Cooper, Davey had an even stronger lead. Respondents picked him (52%) ahead of Moran (24%) and Cooper (9%).

These are the three MPs widely expected to stand for leader. Other MPs like Christine Jardine and Wera Hobhouse are also rumoured to be considering standing.

The bookmakers also have Ed Davey as the favourite at 4/6, ahead of Moran (6/4), Cooper (10/1), Jardine and Hobhouse (both 25/1).

Davey was a Liberal Democrat minister in the coalition government, serving in the business department and then as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

He competed against Jo Swinson to be Liberal Democrat leader in 2019, losing 63% to 37%.

Since becoming acting leader after Swinson’s post-election resignation, he has downgraded the Liberal Democrats ‘Shadow Cabinet’ to a ‘Commons team’.

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