Cowley Street officials yesterday launched a “comprehensive investigation” into Reading Liberal Democrats over the botched handling of a race row, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The decision to welcome back Cllr Warren Swaine without an apology for offensive comments to a mixed-race Labour MP left black party members exasperated, with one senior councillor threatening to resign. […]

At least one black Liberal Democrat has threatened to resign over a race row, Scrapbook understands. Since they welcomed him back to the fold last week, the party’s group on Reading Borough Council have been doing their best to bury the story of an offensive racial remark by their member Warren Swaine, who suggested MP Chuka Umunna would use his […]

Faced with a “straight choice” between walking midlife crisis Lembit Opik and, erm, household names such as Jeremy Ambache, Shas Sheehan and Duwayne Brooks, the decision by the Liberal Democrats’ regional board to block a mayoral nomination shortlist being put to members in London last month didn’t come as a surprise. But if this tweet from the former […]