Charles Kennedy has the support of more than half the party's parliamentary team (compared with no more than three MPs supporting any other candidate) and he was nominated by more than 500 members, activists and councillors from over 80 constituencies.
However, the decision is with the members as a whole, and Charles is determined to earn their votes. That is why he has published the fullest manifesto of any candidate, concentrating on social justice, the environment and continuing democratic reform.
I believe that Charles is the best candidate to be leader of the Liberal Democrats - and that he will win.
MATTHEW TAYLOR MP
(Truro and St Austell, Lib Dem)
Charles Kennedy's Campaign Chairman
House of Commons