Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey makes a splash at party conference amid smear row with Labour


Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, had an eventful time at his party's conference in Bournemouth. On the second day of the conference, the 57-year-old MP fell from a kayak, making quite a splash. However, this didn't dampen his determination to make the Tories sink in the polls.

Plans to drop housing pledge

Despite his own tumble, Sir Ed Davey has big plans to shake up the political landscape. He intends to propose a campaign to drop the pledge to build 380,000 homes a year, a move that he believes will weaken the Tories in the polls. The motion will be voted on during the conference.

Labour threatens legal action

In the midst of the conference, Labour has taken aim at the Liberal Democrats with threats of legal action. The party has sent a cease and desist letter, accusing the Lib Dems of engaging in a "smear" campaign against their candidate in the Mid-Bedfordshire by-election. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is hoping to overturn a 24,000 Tory majority in the election, but believes his candidate's chances are being undermined by what he calls a "smear campaign" that may even be illegal.

Lib Dems fight back

The Liberal Democrats have not taken these allegations lying down. They have fired back, dismissing Labour's claims as "dirty tricks" and accusing them of a "desperate" attempt to derail their campaign. Top Labour MP Peter Kyle has been leading the charge against the Lib Dems, but the party contends that his accusations are baseless.

The battle between the Liberal Democrats and Labour continues to brew as both parties strive to gain an upper hand in the political arena.

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