Simon Hughes caught out…

I make that three major mishaps in the Lib Dem leadership race – a mistake or carelessness? Undoubtedly the decision of Simon Hughes to stay in the race is a good decision for wider society, but his volt face on questions about his private life will almost certainly holed his bid for the leadership under the waterline. David Cameron must think Christmas has come not once, but three times.

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