Conference always brings the oddball party members out in droves — and the Liberal Democrats aren’t to be outdone. Adapting the costume de rigeur of beard and sandals, delegate Matthew Whelan has turned up with beard and tattoos instead.
The self-styled “King of Ink Land”, who has legally changed his name to, erm, “Body Art” enters the conference hall with up with 80% of his body covered in tattoos. Whelan has spent £20,000 on the body modifications, and likens his body to a BMW, saying he wants his skin preserved after he dies.
Taxidermists also plan to preserve Ming Campbell in the event of a future Charles Kennedy leadership challenge.