At the Liberal Democrat Conference in September of last year Nick Clegg announced that he would be taking paternity leave when his wife has their next baby. And the child is due this month.
It will be interesting to see if Vince Cable's return as acting leader will lead to a little of his personal stardust rubbing off on the party as a whole.
Reporting Channel 4's political awards, where Vince came away with both Opposition Politician of the Year and the "Political Impact" award, politics.co.uk says:
Lib Dem strategists are perplexed as to why Mr Cable's performance has not resulted in more of a bounce for the party, but opinion polls regularly give him high ratings from the public.