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The 2007 Social Liberal Party leadership election was held following the resignation of Menzies Campbell and resulted in a victory for Chris Huhne.
|‹ 2006 2010 ›|
|Social Liberal Party leadership election|
|28 November 2007– 20 December 2007|
|Candidate||'Chris Huhne'||Nick Clegg||Simon Hughes|
|Two-party-preferred vote||50.00%||48.52%|| –
Following the resignation of Charles Kennedy as leader of the Party the previous year Menzies Campbell assumed the leadership, however there was a widespread belief within the party that a younger leader would be needed for the party to win the next election.
As a result of these tensions a vote of no confidence in Campbell's leadership was held amongst the parties Members of the Legislative Assembly and the Senate in September 2007 and whilst the vote was defeated it was not defeated by a wide enough margin for Campbell to avoid the runoff election which the Party's constitution required to be held.
Whilst Campbell initially intended to contest the party-wide vote, with many prominent frontrunners in the race pledging not to stand against him, he ultimately decided to step aside after many of the parties Members of Parliament continued to question the party's ability to win the next election under his leadership.
|Candidate||Number of Votes|
Chris Huhne, Environment Minister and Member of Parliament for Greater Southampton
Nick Clegg, Minister for the Home Office, and Member of Parliament for Sheffield and Rotherham
Simon Hughes, Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Social Liberal Party and Member of Parliament for Bermondsey, Peckham and Greenwich
Vince Cable, Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Twickenham and Ealing
|Candidate||Number of Votes||Percentage Of Votes||Second Round Votes||Second Round Percentage||Third Round Votes||Third Round Percentage|