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UK voters' panel: Vanessa Walters

MEET THE PANEL
Vanessa Walters
Name: Vanessa Walters
Age: 27
Lives: Walthamstow, London
Works: Writer
Last general election voted: Liberal Democrats
Original voting intention: Labour
In 10 words or less:
"Single city dweller into art and people"

Although I am a Labour voter again - having opted to vote for the Liberal Democrats at the last election - I am interested in the outcome of the Conservative leadership contest.

All three major political parties face a change in leadership in the not too distant future.

As a result, the dynamic will change completely between the three parties.

Charisma is very important in a party leader. It's one of the reasons why I reverted back to Labour after the election.

I didn't feel that Charles Kennedy could capitalise on the public disapproval of Tony Blair.

Mr Blair - although his popularity has dipped of late - has been superb during prime minister's questions.

He is also strong at giving speeches and performs well when under pressure in the media.

UK VOTERS' PANEL: TORY LEADER
David Cameron has managed to inspire the public and the media in a way that Michael Howard couldn't.

However, he has had ups and downs along the way and I feel it is only a matter of time before his inexperience trips him up.

Davis has the experience but as Howard's time as Tory leader demonstrated, unless you can inspire and galvanise the public, you can't win a general election.

I put my money on Cameron, although obviously I think this would be worse for a Labour Party fronted by a dour Gordon Brown.





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