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Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 16:21 GMT
Sunday January 21 2001
Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy MP
On Breakfast with Frost today, Sir David Frost spoke to Charles Kennedy MP, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, about how they plan to increase their House of Commons majority at the forthcoming election. Kennedy dismissed the notion that his Party has a pact with Labour, saying there will be "No pacts, no deals and no nonsense from the Liberal Democrats". He confirmed this further by saying he would discourage tactical voting as it is an "affront to democracy".

With regard to the issue of a television debate between party leaders, Kennedy urged the Prime Minister to "reconsider" his decision not to take part, but said he would be quite happy to debate with William Hague. "If Tony Blair doesn't want to be there, that's entirely a matter for him" he said.

David also had a discussion about the inauguration of George Bush, with James Rubin, a former adviser to ex-President Clinton and Gary McDowell, a Republican and former adviser to Ronald Reagan.

Sir Richard Branson also talked to Sir David about his battle against Camelot to run the national lottery and his future plans for the Virgin rail network.

The state of prisons in England and Wales was debated with the outgoing Chief Inspector of HM Prisons, Sir David Ramsbotham. Sir David said that Government plans to make prisoners pay to stay in jail by seizing their cars and homes was "nonsense."

Accompanying David Frost with a review of the Sunday newspapers were the writer and comedian, Ben Elton, and journalist Frances Edmonds.

The Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Charles Kennedy MP

James Rubin and Gary McDowell

Sir Richard Branson

Sir David Ramsbotham

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