Ming Campbell's speech will be widely welcomed within the party and by our supporters.
During the past few weeks we have been courted by David Cameron over the London Mayoral election and last week by Gordon Brown as he sets out to attempt to show that he is different to Blair. Ming Campbell rightly rejected both approaches.
Today Ming set out a clear position for the Liberal Democrats as a radical opposition to the increasingly indistinguishable Lab/Con old pals act.
He also set out clear policy reasons why we need to campaign as a strong and independent party.
Iraq, civil liberties, tuition fees - all issues that have seen Tory and Labour MPs agreeing with each other while the Lib Dems have provided the only coherent opposition.
The fact that a Tory MP like Quentin Davies can choose today to defect to Labour says everything about how close the other two parties have become.