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Menzies Campbell new Lib Dem leader

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A new leader for Britain’s Liberal Democrats the country’s third biggest party. With 57 per cent support Sir Menzies Campbell who has stood in as acting leader fought off both financial spokesman Chris Huhne and president Simon Hughes. The party’s reputation has been battered recently since the resignation of Charles Kennedy when he admitted he had a drink problem.

Campbell is seen as a safe pair of hands, on winning the leadership he immediately looked to the future: “The challenge, as has already been said, is for all of us now to lead this party back towards government at the next general election. And today is a victory not for me, but it’s a victory for all Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems have been thrown into turmoil since Kennedy’s resignation in January. Less than two weeks later, leadership candidate Mark Oaten stood down when it emerged he had had an affair with a male prostitute. Then, Simon Hughes who had always denied being gay, was forced to apologise when his homosexual relationships were revealed.