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Simon Hughes: Who is speaking for Labour?

November 11, 2010 2:06 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Following the public and private support being given to Phil Woolas by Labour MPs despite the party's leadership withdrawing support for him, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes said:

"Labour's leaders had spoken but since then many Labour MPs have come out in support of Phil Woolas both on and off the record.

"The judgement of the court was clear: Phil Woolas made statements which were not about Liberal Democrat politics but personal attacks on our candidate's character and conduct which he had no reasonable grounds for believing were true and did not believe were true.

"Residents in Oldham East and Saddleworth and across the country will not understand why the Labour Party won't say clearly, with one voice, that there is no place in British politics for this kind of behaviour."