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Lib Dems in the south call for Nick Clegg to resign

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg Credit: Press Association Images

Several senior Lib Dems from the south have joined calls for Nick Clegg to resign as party leader in the wake of Thursday's elections. Lib Dem candidate in Winchester Jackie Porter says the Lib Dems need a new leader.

Former Romsey MP Sandra Gidley has signed a letter urging Mr Clegg to quit. It's also been signed by Martin Tod, a Winchester councillor, who was the Lib Dems' general election candidate there in 2010.

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The South's Lib Dems prepare for party conference

The venue of the Liberal Democrats' 2013 party conference in Glasgow

Lib Dems from the south are arriving in sunny Glasgow for the start of their party conference. But weather forecasters say there will be severe storms tomorrow.

Nick Clegg will be hoping stormy scenes outside won't be reflected by stormy scenes inside. Already Lord Oakeshott from the Isle of Wight has suggested the party would be better off with a different leader.

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Portsmouth Lib Dem MP Hancock now an independent

The people of Portsmouth South now have an independent MP. Mike Hancock resigned from the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party last night, after a special disciplinary hearing.

The MP said he was stepping down temporarily while he defended a High Court action against him. But as our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports, it is thought that Mr Hancock jumped - before he was pushed.

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Paddy Ashdown's reaction to Margaret Thatcher's death

Ex Leader of the Liberal Democrats Lord Ashdown has tweeted his response to the news that Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87:

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Journalist 'really doesn't feel responsible' for Pryce

Isabel Oakeshott, the political editor of The Sunday Times who worked with Vicky Pryce to expose her taking of Chris Huhne’s speeding points, has said she “really doesn't feel responsible for what has happened to her”.

Oakeshott told Daybreak: “I really don’t feel responsible for what has happened to her.

"Remember where this story started - it started with Chris Huhne walking out on his family after 26 years of marriage.”

She added: “For me it was, at the beginning, a political story – that’s why I was pursuing it.

"It was about a cabinet minister who had apparently committed a criminal offence.”

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Ten-month average sentence for perverting course of justice

Vicky Pryce was found guilty of perverting the course of justice following retrial. Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, although the average sentence is around 10 months.

Both 58-year-old Chris Huhne and economist Vicky Pryce, 60, have been warned to be under no illusion about what punishment they face.

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