Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Where Kennedy's Key Colleagues Stand

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Where Kennedy's Key Colleagues Stand

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Norman Baker, 48 The environment spokesman is the party's most quotable MP (and the man who toppled Peter Mandelson over the Hinduja affair). He believes his boss has "lanced the boil" but still has doubts.

Loyalty rating: 4/10

Vince Cable, 62 A former Shell chief economist, the party's Treasury spokesman was furious when he was landed with the 2004 Budget response with virtually no notice when Kennedy failed to turn up.

Loyalty rating: 3

Ed Davey, 40 The education spokesman is an impressive media performer and has himself been tipped as a possible leader. He is not keen on the lack of direction under Kennedy.

Loyalty rating: 4

Andrew George, 47 The party's international development spokesman was PPS to Kennedy between 2001 and 2003 so he knows more than most about the drink problem. He wanted his boss to come clean much earlier.

Loyalty rating: 4

The party's spokeswoman on women and the elderly had a stunning victory in the Romsey by-Sandra Gidley, 48 election but wants strong leadership Loyalty rating: 4

Norman Lamb, 48 Among the ringleaders in the plot, the trade and industry spokesman told Kennedy to his face months ago that he should admit his drink problem.

Loyalty rating: 2

David Laws, 40 An impressive millionaire who retired from the City before he was 30, the party's work and pensions spokesman is tipped as another possible leader.

He is frustrated at Kennedy's lack of leadership Loyalty rating: 3

Michael Moore, 40 Another rising star, the party's defence spokesman held Sir Menzies's brief well during his absence through illness.

He wants more reliable leadership Loyalty rating: 4

Sarah Teather, 31 The bright young victor of Brent East and local government spokeswoman is impatient for change Loyalty rating: 3

Chris Huhne, 51 A Treasury spokesman and future leadership contender, the former economist and journalist sensed that the media would not let Kennedy off the hook Loyalty rating: 3

John Thurso, 52 The party's Scotland spokesman was upset at being demoted in a recent reshuffle.

Loyalty rating: 4


Sir Menzies Campbell, 64 Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, he is the grandee many bookies, commentators and young turks see as a stopgap leader. …

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