The former leader of Liverpool City Council has quit as Liberal Democrat group leader amid allegations of electoral fraud. Warren Bradley resigned as the leader of his political group just three weeks after warning an unpopular Nick Clegg to stay away from their campaign in the city.

Concerns have arisen around possible irregularities on an official council nomination paper for Bradley’s 18 year-old son Daniel. The Liberal Democrats’ regional office have launched an inquiry with police expected to question him shortly. The Liverpool Daily Post reports:

The Lib-Dem group leader signed as a witness on the nomination form of his 18-year-old son, who is to stand as a candidate in the Central ward in the May 5 council elections. The candidate himself must also sign the form but the teenager has told the Daily Post he did not want to stand and that his own signature on the form is “a fake”.

The family’s differing claims will no doubt prompt some awkward moments at the dinner table.

Resignation bookends a dramatic fall from grace for Bradley, whose administration was ousted from power in Liverpool last year.

The regularity with which Nick Clegg’s internal critics run into “problems” is quite remarkable.

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