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article imageLord Oakeshott resigns Lib Dems, warns party to ditch Clegg

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 28, 2014 in Politics
A senior Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Oakeshott, has resigned from his party, warning that his party leader, Nick Clegg, is leading them to "disaster."
In a statement, reported by the BBC, Lord Oakeshott said he had made the decision "with a heavy heart."
"I am sure the party is heading for disaster if it keeps Nick Clegg; and I must not get in the way of the many brave Liberal Democrats fighting for change," he said.
Matthew Oakeshott, 67, also suggested that under Mr Clegg's leadership, the Lib Dems had become a "split the difference centre party, with no roots, no principles and no values" rather than a "radical, progressive party."
The Lib Dems have seen their popularity plummet from the high of 2010; due to their decision to prop up David Cameron's Tory government, which they have been a part of for the past four years, with Clegg being rewarded by being appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
On Thursday, Nick Clegg presided over his party losing all but one of their 12 MEPs in the elections for the European Parliament.
Two days ago, 600 Liberal Democrats signed an open letter to Clegg, calling on him to resign, for the well being of the party. However, Clegg says he has never considered such a move.
The peer, who the BBC reports is to take a leave of absence from the UK House of Lords, warned his party to "change the leader to give Liberal Democrat MPs their best chance to win in 2015," when the next UK general election is due to take place.
Yesterday, it emerged that he had commissioned and paid for an ICM poll that suggested the Lib Dems would pick up votes in four seats, including if they were to replace Clegg as party leader.
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