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UK voters' panel: Gerry Harris

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Gerry Harris
Name: Gerry Harris
Age: 52
Lives: Glasgow
Works: Promotions
Last general election voted: Liberal Democrats
Original voting intention: Undecided
In 10 words or less:
"Family man, business man, independent individual expecting beneficial political intervention"

I think the Liberal Democrats have made a mistake.

Well maybe not a mistake, but they have certainly missed a huge opportunity here.

I personally favoured Chris Huhne as the next leader but the party has obviously bought Ming's 'experience and judgement' message and gone for a 'safe pair of hands'.

Personally however, I think he is too old.

It's like suddenly waking up in China where the old fogies are in control.

I am also concerned at yet another lawyer leading a political party after the mess another lawyer - Tony Blair - has made.

As for the future, I don't think Ming will prove lucky for the Libs.

VOTERS' PANEL: LIB DEM LEADER
In fact I think he will cost them votes in the long run.

I believe that his first challenge will be to prove that the recent Dunfermline and West Fife by-election victory was not a fluke and was the beginning of a resurgence for the Lib Dems.

If he can do that he may prove to be a safe pair of hands after all, but he is still only a caretaker leader in my opinion.





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