Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has ruled herself out of the contest to succeed Vince Cable when he steps down shortly as party leader, despite earlier signs that she was going to run.
She cited the pressures of being a new MP in a marginal seat (and one facing significant boundary changes):
Layla Moran said:
I am very grateful to the large number of constituents, supporters, party members and elected representatives who have encouraged me to throw my hat into the ring in the forthcoming Liberal Democrat Leadership contest.
As a relatively new MP, however, my first priority has to be to serve my constituents to the best of my ability.
I hope they consider that I am doing a good job so far, but I do not believe that I would be able to continue to do so to the standard they have the right to expect if I took on the busy role of Party Leader as well.
For this reason, I wrote to local party members last week to let them know that I would not be standing for the Leadership this time.