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Lib Dems offer 'home' to unhappy Labour MPs

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says unhappy Labour MPs in the North East should defect to his party, if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected.

Mr Farron made the call at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton saying his party was a natural home for disillusioned Labour politicians.

But he admitted to ITV News Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt that so far, none had shown any interest in jumping ship:

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Redcar Lib Dem candidate: Nick Clegg visit may be a 'double-edged sword'

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Redcar has swiftly changed his stance after exclusively telling ITV News Tyne Tees that he's not convinced a visit by Nick Clegg to the constituency 'would do him any favours'.

Josh Mason told our Political Correspondent Paul Brand that the Deputy Prime Minister wasn't the 'most popular politician' and that a visit may be a 'double-edged sword':

Shortly afterwards, Mr Mason issued this statement:

Nick has shown real guts as our party leader and is someone I admire and respect…

...I have no doubt that if Nick now came to Redcar and met all the people who have benefitted from having the Liberal Democrats in government he would be well received."

– Josh Mason, Redcar Liberal Democrat candidate

Reacting to Mr. Mason's comments Nick Clegg said, "At the end of the day, I am not going to duck the fact that five years in government has its controversies":

Clegg says Lib Dems will 'continue to be a voice supporting people in the North East'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a question and answer session on day three of the Liberal Democrat autumn conference at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has denied giving up on the North East before the General Election, despite admitting his party will put more resources into some regions than others.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees at his party's conference in Glasgow, he said he'd fight to keep the two Lib Dem seats of Redcar and Berwick.

Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been speaking to him:

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MP re-selected to fight next election

Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, has been unanimously reselected to stand in the 2015 General Election at a meeting of his constituency party members today.

Ian Swales with supporters Credit: Ian Swales MP

Ian Swales serves as Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman, and has been Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Chemical Industry and also sits on the influential Public Accounts Committee.

“I’m delighted that the Liberal Democrats have put their faith in me to represent them again at the next general election.“I hope to be able to continue the fight we’ve started to rebuild our industry to bring jobs and prosperity back to Redcar.”

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith to stand down in 2015

Sir Alan Beith MP, who has represented Berwick since 1973 Credit: berwicklibdems.org.uk

The Northumberland MP Sir Alan Beith has announced that he will stand down at the next election in 2015.

Sir Alan has represented the Berwick constituency since 1973, first as a Liberal and later as a Liberal Democrat.

By 2015, he will have been the MP for Berwick for 42 years.

He is the longest-serving Liberal Democrat MP, and the longest-serving Liberal MP since Lloyd George.

Sir Alan said he would continue to be a 'very active MP' until the 2015 election.

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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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Clegg urges Lib Dems to "keep going"

On the last day of the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, Nick Clegg urged his party to hold its nerve. In his keynote speech in Brighton the party leader said the Lib Dems should "keep going".

It's the mid-point of the party's coalition with the Conservatives. But disatisfaction in areas of our_ region has led members to question whether they should separate from the Conservatives in government altogether. Our reporter Frances Read has been in Brighton.

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