Tories expected to announceCampaign Managers to be employed in 40 target and 40 must keep seats #cpc12
— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) October 7, 2012
@bbcnormans That’s rather good news for Lib Dems – most of the 40 would be gains will be of Labour, so not aiming for many Lib Dem seats
— Mark Pack (@markpack) October 7, 2012
The number of Liberal Democrat seats the Conservatives will target is most often talked about as being around 10. In some of those 10 that will mean a very, very tough fight for Liberal Democrat colleagues. Taking a step back and looking at the Parliamentary Party overall, it’s good news though – because it means quite a few MPs won’t be facing a full-on campaign from an opponent throwing everything at it to win.
UPDATE: More now in The Spectator.