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Liberal Democrats' Conference Diary

The party's former communications chief, Mark Littlewood, was left sprawling on the ground outside the hall after a heated altercation with the Torbay MP Adrian Sanders. Witnesses said Littlewood fell over a wall into a bush. They exchanged words over a forecast by Littlewood's think-tank, Liberal Vision, that the party could lose seats, including Torbay, to the Tories. Party chiefs hurriedly asked Sanders to apologise.

Nick Clegg: What's the big idea?

He has been leader of the Liberal Democrats for six months and has not yet established a policy that sets the party apart. Is he floundering, or just biding his time? Dominic Lawson meets Nick Clegg

Steve Richards: Clegg could be an engaging and effective leader. But how much does that matter?

Leaders of the Lib Dems come and go. The dilemma remains the same

Lord Ashdown drops bid to be UN envoy in Kabul

The former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has withdrawn his candidacy for UN envoy to Afghanistan after the government of Hamid Karzai made clear it did not wish him to take up the post.

The Careers Adviser

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Stolen diaries reveal Blair plan for coalition

TONY BLAIR offered to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats during secret talks six months after the general election it emerged yesterday, after details of the meeting, stolen from Paddy Ashdown's private diaries, were published.

Fayed: 'How can I remember? I am not a computer'

MOHAMED AL FAYED was accused in the High Court yesterday of not having a single document to back up his "cash for questions" allegations against the former Conservative minister Neil Hamilton.

Fayed: `How can I remember. I am not a computer'

MOHAMED AL Fayed was yesterday accused in the High Court of not having a single document to back up his "cash for questions" allegations against the former Conservative minister Neil Hamilton.

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