Tim Farron, last heard of taking soundings about whether he should stand as leader of the Liberal Democrats, makes a lunge for the erogenous zone of the party in tomorrow's Telegraph:
Mr Farron, one of the party’s only eight MPs, is considering running his leadership campaign on a ticket of making a clean break from the recent past. ...
Any decision to drop the “Democrats” from the party’s name would draw a line under the party’s links with the Social Democratic Party which dates from the late 1980s.
One source said: “The Liberal party has a long history and it is important to capitalise on that. We are the party of Gladstone, Lloyd George and Beveridge and we should be proud of that.”
Speaking in an interview on BBC radio, Mr Farron, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, repeatedly referred to the party as “the Liberals”.
He said that he wanted to “create a sense of purpose and meaning behind the Liberals” ahead of next year’s elections in Scotland and Wales.As someone who joined the Liberal Party before the SDP was even thought of, I find this idea very tempting.