SENIOR Liberal Democrats warned yesterday that the party needed to sharpen up its "fuzzy" policies if it wanted to capitalise on last week’s Brent East by-election success.
JIM Wallace yesterday accused the London media of failing to rise to the challenge of devolution, claiming coverage of the Scottish Parliament had been myopic and disappointing.
A ROW over the future of the monarchy yesterday tarnished the opening of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton. Plans to build on last week’s Brent East by-election success came unstuck when a motion by the party’s youth wing for a referendum on plans for an elected head of state opened up divisions within the Lib Dem leadership.
CHARLES KENNEDY was set to tell the Liberal Democrats today that last week’s historic victory in Brent East seizing a safe Labour seat was just the start.
TURNING point or talking point? That is always the key question to ask about by-elections.
BY-ELECTIONS are legendary for causing a massive shock for governments but having little long-term political impact.
DISILLUSIONMENT over Iraq and the Hutton Inquiry caught up with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, yesterday when Labour suffered its first by-election defeat since coming to power, losing the once-safe seat of Brent East to the Liberal Democrats.