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UK voters' panel: Georgina Grant

Georgina Grant
Name: Georgina Grant
Age: 62
Lives: Guildford
Works: Communications officer
Last general election voted: Conservative
In 10 words or less:
"A grandmother who values family life, employed, but approaching retirement"

As a Conservative voter, I am pleased Sir Menzies Campbell has become the Liberal Democrat party leader.

Although well-experienced, he is not the person to lead the Lib Dems to an election victory.

I think Lib Dem party members were looking for a safe pair of hands, if only for a couple of years until a younger man, for example Chris Huhne, had gained more experience within parliament.

With the centre ground identified as the battleground for votes, I believe Sir Ming will take the opportunity to unite the social and economic wings of the party before handing over to a more dynamic personality.

If he does not do so, I cannot see how the Lib Dems will pose any real threat to the Conservatives and Labour.

At the moment, I think the government, rather than the Conservatives, has most to fear from Campbell's appointment.

Despite setbacks during the leadership contest, the Lib Dems still managed to win Dunfermline and West Fife from Labour.

The issue of the Iraq war rumbles on and Sir Ming's support for an exit strategy could allow the Lib Dems to continue to pick up votes from those who would otherwise back Labour.

However, Sir Ming is not so overtly anti-war as Charles Kennedy and this support may evaporate.

With the prospect of the dour Gordon Brown taking over from Tony Blair, I foresee a great opportunity for David Cameron to become prime minister at the next election, especially if Sir Ming remains as Lib Dem leader.


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