PRESSURE was growing on Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after he failed to quell a grassroots revolt by Liberal Democrat activists on Monday night.
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders, branded as one of the Lib Dem "awkward squad" by Chris Huhne in the Guardian newspaper, has already raised questions about whether Mr Clegg is the right man to take the party forward after its disastrous performance in the European elections.
According to the Independent newspaper, activists have begun to call emergency meetings of local parties across the country in order to force a leadership election.
They require the backing of 75 parties to trigger a contest. Otherwise 56 MPs need to declare their support for a contest, and so far none has.
Mr Clegg admitted his decision to go head-to-head with UKIP had backfired after his party lost 11 of its 12 MEPs and came a humiliating fifth behind the Greens.
John Pugh, MP for Southport, called the Euro results “abysmal” and “worrying”, adding: “To call for business as usual is ludicrous.” He said Mr Clegg should hand over to Vince Cable, the Business Secretary.