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Chris Huhne interview

On the Politics Show, Sunday 18 May 2008, Jon Sopel interviewed Chris Huhne MP

Chris Huhne MP JON SOPEL: The Lib Dems are the traditional by-election specialists and Chris Huhne is up there for them today.

Chris Huhne, thanks very much for being with us.

There used to be a time when we would hear about Liberal Democrat bandwagons rolling.

Doesn't seem to be - it seems to be as stationery as that train behind you!

CHRIS HUHNE: Well, if I had five pounds for every time I've heard commentators say that the Liberal Democrat bandwagon isn't rolling at by-elections, I'd be very rich indeed.

It seems to me that there are a lot of Labour supporters, who are traditional Labour voters in this constituency, who are now saying, well hang on, we're not going to vote for the Labour Party this time, because we know that they've let us down, both locally and let us down for example on doubling the 10p tax rate on some of the lowest paid. But the Conservatives didn't even oppose that, when it came up in Parliament last year.

So a lot of Labour people are going to be actually thinking about voting Liberal Democrat in the run up to Thursday, and I believe there's going to be a very pleasant surprise for our candidate on Thursday.

JON SOPEL: Yeah, because you dumped your original candidate and he's emailed us to say, the selection process by the Liberal Democrats was a sham and I'm still seething with anger. This from the party that believes in decentralization.

CHRIS HUHNE: Well, we've always had a special process, as all the parties do, for by-election candidates, recognizing that by-elections are a special sort of election and there's inevitably enormous amount of pressure put on candidates in a by-election, and that's something that all the parties recognize and I'm afraid, that's the case with us as well.

JON SOPEL: Okay, Chris Huhne, thank you very much there up in Crewe .


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The Politics Show Sunday 01 June 2008 at 1200BST on BBC One.
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