James Forsyth

Telegraph to take a dozen Lib Dems to task

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One of the key questions as to how the expenses scandal will play out politically, is how it affects the Liberal Democrats. The Telegraph have just posted the teaser for their story tomorrow, here’s the key paragraph:

“Expenses claims submitted by 12 Liberal Democrats, from senior spokesmen to a number of back benchers, will be disclosed, with some of those involved having already volunteered to pay back some of the money.”

If the Lib Dems appear considerably cleaner than the two main parties, they could run effective clean up politics campaigns. However, if their dozen are just as bad as the other two parties, then the political benefit to them from the damage today’s Populus poll suggests is being done to the two main parties will be limited.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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