With just over two weeks until the county council elections, the Chief Secretary to The Treasury, Danny Alexander, hit the campaign trail in the south east today. He came to Eastbourne, where the Lib Dems have achieved major success.
But the latest opinion polls suggest heavy losses for the party on May the 2nd. David Johns' report contains some flash photography.
An Oxfordshire MP has lost control of his car and crashed it into a shop, three other stationary cars and a portable toilet.
The MP for North Oxfordshire, Sir Tony Baldry, said he had tried to park his automatic black Mercedes - before the vehicle veered through a car park and hit the wall of a Poundland store in Banbury. No-one was injured in the incident.
The campaign against the proposed new high speed rail link (HS2) through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire has a powerful new ally following the cabinet reshuffle this week.
Cheryl Gillan, the MP for Chesham and Amersham, who was sacked from the Cabinet is to spearhead a Tory opposition campaign against the Government's plans to build the rail link between London, Birmingham and the north.
Mrs Gillan, who was dismissed as Welsh Secretary, said she was determined to oppose the £32bn project, following her removal from the Government.
The MP, who fought an unsuccessful battle to remain in post, told her local newspaper that she felt "liberated" to speak out against the HS2 project, which would cut through her Chesham constituency in Buckinghamshire.
"I know people in my constituency were frustrated with what they saw as a lack of action on my part and I completely understand that," she said.
Several remaining ministers with seats along HS2's planned route are known to share her views, but have been forced to curb their public criticism.
They include Aylesbury MP David Lidington who is a Minister at the Foreign Office and John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, who represents Buckingham. Both oppose the plan but criticism has been low key because of the jobs they do in the Commons.
Mrs Gillan's move will give fresh impetus to the anti-HS2 campaign at a moment when responsibility for the scheme has been taken over by the new Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.