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Lib Dem Conference: Michael Brown's notebook - Last stand for the old regime

IT WAS Paddy Ashdown's day at Harrogate yesterday as the Liberal Democrat faithful heard him bid an emotional farewell during a speech that ended without a dry eye in the house. Delegates eschewed their normal reserve, even giving him an unheard-of standing ovation at the beginning.

Lib Dem Conference: Today's business

Debates: Europe, Kosovo, the working hours of junior doctors in the NHS and genital mutilation of girls.

Monitor: Decriminalising Cannabis

When the earth shook

Letters: Fear of drugs

Sir: How refreshing to see Charles Kennedy - a politician! - speaking out for open discussion of the drugs issue because it is the right thing to do, not because of political considerations ("Kennedy: Cannabis must not be taboo", 16 August).

Focus: Liberals: The powerlessness that tends to corrupt

Short cuts to power, as Lloyd George discovered to his cost, can lead to electoral distrust and political oblivion

Mr Blair can help the Lib Dems - but do they want to be helped?

The Lib Dem leadership contest has been a dismal affair, doing little to excite even the party's members

The gruesome tide turns

Now it is the Serbs who have been rounded-up and shot in the worst massacre since Nato entered Kosovo, writes Andrew Buncombe

The Sketch: Tony taken to task for making William's friend cry

TONY BLAIR had something to say in Prime Minister's Questions, which made a nice change. He always has statements, of course, not to mention ripostes, rebuttals and rhetorical questions. But all these are vapid utterances, important less for their content than that they fill up what would otherwise be vacant space.

You don't have to be attractive to work here, but it helps

Jackie Ballard is the only female contender for the Lib-Dem leadership and one of the party's brightest stars. But why do so many men seem to hate her? Surely it has nothing to do with the way she looks

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS; Rory Bremner

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Campbell accuses leadership candidates of blind ambition

MOST CANDIDATES in the Liberal Democrat leadership contest have been blinded by personal ambition and are out of touch with reality, Menzies Campbell suggested yesterday.

Paddy Ashdown's successor cannot take Blair for granted

The Lib Dems will only get electoral reform if Blair calculates it's in New Labour's interest

Tyler to run for Lib Dem leader

THE BATTLE for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats descended further into farce yesterday after it emerged that the MP responsible for policing the contest was himself preparing to run.

Kennedy: I'll put social justice first

CHARLES KENNEDY, the front-runner to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats, is planning to trump Labour's caring credentials by making concern for the underprivileged, disabled and vulnerable a key aim of his leadership.
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