The two candidates for the Liberal Democrat leadership have been making some moves to try and position themselves as the best alternative to the party’s two current leaders, Tim Farron and Alex Salmond.
One of them is Anna Turley, a former Liberal Democrat MP who has been a vocal critic of Mr Farron’s handling of the Scottish independence debate.
Ms Turley said she was not planning to run for the role.
“The Liberal Democrats are not going to be in a position to be a spoiler or anything like that,” she said.
“I’m not planning on running for the leadership of the party, and if it comes down to it, I’ll just leave it up to Alex Salmonds.”
But Ms Turly has already become a favourite among Mr Farrons backers.
A YouGov poll earlier this month found Ms Tursey was favoured by 34 per cent of voters in the North East, and 33 per cent in the Midlands and South East.
The poll found Ms TURLEY was also favoured by more than a third of voters who were not party members.
Mr Farron said the polls indicated Ms Turleys campaign was gaining steam, and he was looking forward to “taking her on in the leadership election”.
Mr Salmond has been campaigning for Ms Turby, who has said she would consider seeking the leadership if it was available.
“I think that’s what I want to see happen,” Mr Salmond said.
Ms Turley’s campaign has also gained a boost from a visit to a number of local shops.
She is currently running for a seat in Southwark Council, but is keen to focus her campaign on her local area.
In the past fortnight, Ms Turry has been invited to attend a town hall meeting in St Helens, Northumberland, where she will discuss the role of local politics.
However, she is also looking to raise money for her campaign through an event on Monday night, where some local businesses will be holding a fund-raising dinner in her honour.
Meanwhile, in the Highlands, a number campaign volunteers have been given the task of collecting donations for Ms TURLY’s campaign, and a number have said they were worried about the lack of support for Ms Tattersall.
Many of the local campaigners said Ms Tattsall had been criticised for not making the visit to the town hall meetings, and had also not been able to attend many of the other town hall events in the past month.
But some have been more supportive of Ms Tatsters role in local politics, with one campaigner saying she was confident Ms Tatsall would make a strong contribution.
Liberal Democrat MP Anna Turleys supporters in the constituency of St Helis.
Labour MP Nick Clegg, left, and Lib Dem leader Alex Salmons party members in the town centre of St Helen’s in Scotland.
Asked whether she would want Ms Tatster to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ms Turlley said it was up to Mr Salmings decision.
He will have to make that decision after the general election.
If Ms Tattsters role as leader of a party that had been led by Alex Salmons for two terms is to continue, she said the party would have to be stronger and stronger.
“It is clear from the last election that we need to be more effective, we need more people to be involved and we need people who can understand our challenges and we have to work with people from all backgrounds,” she added.
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