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New Liberal Democrats leader to be announced

A new leader for the Liberal Democrats as expected to be announced later, drawn from two candidates.

Tim Farron (left) and Norman Lamb. Credit: PA

By 2pm yesterday, voting closed in the contest between two of the party’s eight MPs, Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Around 60,000 party members had a vote in the election to choose between the MPs, with ex-party president Mr Farron the bookmakers' favourite to take the helm.

Mr Clegg stood down as party leader after the Lib Dems defeat in the general election in May.

Cheers as Clegg addresses a 'passionate' rally

With just four days to go until the election, Nick Clegg has been speaking at a "passionate" rally in Bermondsey, south London.

ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:


Top Lib Dem urges the SNP to 'come clean' on welfare

Scottish Liberal Democrat president Sir Malcolm Bruce has called on Nicola Sturgeon to make clear whether she still supports the reversal of welfare changes made since 2010.

"The SNP need to come clean," Sir Malcolm said. "Are they planning to reverse welfare changes since 2010?"

Scottish Liberal Democrat president Sir Malcolm Bruce. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

"This is what they have spent five years telling people. If so, where are they going to find the money that they have said would be £2.5 billion for Scotland alone?" he asked.

"If they are not, people will expect them to admit that they are not going back to 2010. SNP voters will believe they've been led up the garden path.

"Only Liberal Democrats have set out costed and credible plans to balance the books by 2018, building a stronger economy and a fairer society. The SNP are all over the place when it comes to balancing the books."

Lib Dems: Tory plans 'are all stick no carrot'

Conservative plans for young benefits claimants are "all stick and no carrot", a Liberal Democrat spokesman has said.

Speaking as David Cameron unveiled plans to have such claimants take on unpaid community work or be stripped of their benefits, the spokesman said

These placements are not designed to help someone into work, more to punish.

Young people should be given help and support into the workplace, help at job centres and the opportunity to get on in life, not just written off as feckless and lazy.

We must make sure young people leave school with the skills they need to succeed, which is why Liberal Democrats will protect education spending.

– Lib Dem spokesman

Ashdown warns Lib Dems 'stop it now' after plot

Former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown warned the party to "stop it now" after a "plot of deep malice" to remove Nick Clegg was revealed.

Lord Ashdown told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, "Anything you do now which is not getting out on the street, campaigning in the context of the next General Election ... is distraction and a dangerous distraction."

Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown on The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

He said the Lib Dems have to "get out and start campaigning for the next election" following disappointing results at the local and European elections.

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