Clegg admits Huhne scandal will impact election

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has admitted that the Chris Huhne speeding scandal will be an important issue influencing the Eastleigh by-election.

When asked if trust of the Lib Dems would be an issue, he replied:

It's undeniably an issue. That is why the by-election is taking place.

As I have said before I was very shocked and sad to see what happened, to see, frankly, that his whole family is engulfed in this in a very public way. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to think that is a pretty shocking and sad thing.

I took what Chris said at face value. He than rang me the night before he entered his guilty plea to tell me he was doing so. But I am not going to start providing a running commentary on events that happened. And of course the sentence has not even been handed down to him yet.

– Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg made the comments on Sky News' Sunday Live with Murnaghan.


Eastleigh candidates announced

The Liberal Democrats have announced Mike Thornton as their candidate for the Eastleigh by-election, and the Conservatives have selected Maria Hutchings as theirs. Labour and UKIP have yet to announce their candidates.