Sir Vince Cable has insisted the Liberal Democrats are electable as he prepares to address its autumn conference in Brighton.
“There is a revival,” Sir Vince told ITV News Correspondent Paul Brand.
“We had two bad elections and we acknowledge that, I only came into office, just over a year ago. And since that’s happened, we had one round of local elections… and it’s been the best result of 15 years.”
It had been rumoured that anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller was set to replace Sir Vince after he steps down.
But, at the party conference she declared: “I am not your leader-in-waiting.”
“Though I'm politically independent I'm here to cheer you on,” she said.
“I will walk side-by-side with you all as Liberal Democrats seeking to stop the decay in democracy, to stop the politics of division, to unite rather than divide.