Having (finally) been cut loose by the UK Lib Dems, the news that Mike Hancock was a self confessed constituent-interferer had not reached as far as Strasbourg last November — which might be why he was allowed to represent the Council of Europe’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group on a junket to the United Nations in New […]

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has been found dead at his home aged 55. Opponent of the Iraq war (and of the his party’s pact with the Conservatives) Kennedy was the most electorally successful Liberal leader since Asquith in the 1920s and a true natural in a way that few politicians are.

Edging Labour by just a singe point in Lord Ashcroft’s constituency polling from January, government minister and serial fibber Simon Hughes seems to have hit upon a novel way to maximise the political utility of old campaign signs — painting over the bit which mentions the Lib Dems! Spot the Difference! Before, "Simon Hughes & the Liberal Democrats". […]

The so-called ‘short campaign’ is a major test for Part 2 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act — AKA the gagging law — which brought in an onerous compliance regime and spending limits for the activities of charities and campaign groups. The message: if you’re not a political party then STFU.