Sunday, 23 September 2012
MP expresses concern at Clegg and Energy Secretary has a dig at Tory Right amidst mixed poll news.
There's mixed news for the Lib Dems in the polls today.
The good news is that the party this morning stood at its highest poll rating for months in one poll on 18%.
The bad news is that both supporters of other parties and Mr. Clegg's own Lib Dems think that Vince Cable would make a better leader and that the other polls are not so good.
Cable entered the conference at around 2.00pm yesterday admidst protests against the government's austerity measures.
Here are the full poll details first.
First poll by Servation for the Mail on Sunday has Labour on 37%, the Conservatives on 31%, and the Lib Dems hitting dizzy heights of 18%.
When asked who they would prefer to lead the Lib Dems into the next election 32% of supporters from other parties said Cable amd 21% said Clegg and amongst Lib Dem voters Cable still leads Clegg by 30% to 23%.
The You Gov / Sunday Times Poll has Labour on 43%, Conservatives on 34% and UKIP and the Lib Dems tied on 8%.
However, Clegg's You Gov rating of minus 63 beats the previous record of minus 62 set by Gordon Brown.
And Opinium for The Observer has Labour on 42%, Conservatives on 30%, UKIP on 10% and the Lib Dems in fourth place on 8%.
Last night Nick Clegg launched a scathing attack on the tory right only for Douglas Carswell to tell him "Its not me who's been inconsistent, hypocritical and has broken my promises."
This morning the latest figure to attack Clegg is the normally loyal Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke.
Brooke claims that she has been pulled in all directions by the government over the tax and welfare policies and the u turn on tuition fees.
Brooke says "Lib Dems need to be clear about our seperate identity and really clear to the public."
Asked about Clegg's leadership, rather than back him she said - "You never know how things will turn out."
Hardly full backing is it?
And hot-on-the-heels of Clegg’s attack on the tory right Ed Davey has today also had a pop too.
In an interview with The Observer, the Energy Secretary says that "an anti-green movement within the Tory party is threatening tens of billions of pounds of investment" in Britain before later telling delegates in Brighton that his party was "not for turning" over low-carbon projects.
Mr Davey's comments come after July's announcement of a 10% cut in government support for onshore wind projects was preceded by reports of a stand-off between the Treasury and Mr Davey over this particular issue.
Follow Up - New Plot to Oust Clegg.
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