Wednesday 29 March 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Voters hung up on Clegg's new celebrity status

Nicholas Leonard

A couple of months ago you could have got 100 to one against Nick Clegg becoming British prime minister. But in the past fortnight those odds have tumbled as the Lib Dem leader has gone from 'Nick Who?' anonymity to celebrity status, all on the strength of a mere three hours of television coverage.

The opinion polls now show his party has a serious chance of winning more votes in the election next week than Labour and, so bizarre and unpredictable is the campaign, it could even come close to the Conservatives.

The foreign secretary, David Miliband, is the favourite to succeed Gordon Brown as Labour party leader if it loses power. Yesterday, instead of campaigning, he was busy apologising to the Pope over the contents of an acutely embarrassing memo that leaked out of the Foreign Office.

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