Christine Jardine “hugely considering” Lib Dem leadership bid

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has refused to rule out running for the vacant position of Liberal Democrat leader.

Speaking to EN4 News, Jardine, who holds the home affairs brief for the Lib Dems in Westminster, said she was “hugely considering” running for leader but hadn’t decided yet because she had yet to “speak to everyone she needed to speak to about it.”

She also said she was “heartbroken” as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

An MP since 2017, Jardine was widely tipped to lose her seat to the SNP in the 2019 General Election but instead emerged with an increased majority.

She would enter the leadership contest firmly behind current acting-leader Ed Davey, who already has the backing of 33% of members according to a YouGov poll from earlier this week.

Bookmakers’ favourite Davey, a former coalition minister, has been acting leader since Jo Swinson resigned after losing her seat in the general election. Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran is also expected to stand in the race.

The leadership race won’t officially begin until the May 11 when nominations open. The result and the Liberal Democrats permanent leader will be announced on July 15.

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