Nick Clegg was facing growing pressure to step down as Lib Dem leader today amid fresh warnings from within the party over his "bumbling."
Senior party figures have warned that the Deputy Prime Minister is not "indispensable" and suggested that he could be replaced by Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Veteran Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders led the charge in the Sunday press, saying that Mr Clegg must stop "just bumbling along worrying about the future" and act to rebuild support in the party.
His comments were echoed by Lib Dem peer Lord Smith of Clifton, a former professor of politics, who said that Mr Clegg was "just a cork bobbing on the waves" with "no strategic vision at all."
And Lib Dem education association chairman Andrew Bridgwater went a step further, urging Mr Clegg to stand down immediately in favour of Mr Cable.
Their comment came after one of Mr Cable's closest allies, Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, warned last week that the party may have to consider a change of "management and strategy" if it was to stand any chance at the next general election.