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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007, 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK
Conference Interviews 2007 - Lib Dems
CONFERENCE INTERVIEWS

Jenny and Andrew put the big questions to the big names

We've got Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool covered, as well as our usual beat in Westminster.

Wherever the politicians are, Andrew Neil and/or Jenny Scott will be ready. You can see their interviews on BBC2 at lunchtimes and in the evenings, and there's an archive below.

Sarah Teather
Lib Dems, Day Three

Sarah Teather

The Liberal Democrats like to burnish their radical credentials, but have been recently dismissed as "geriatric meddlers". Andrew turned to the party's bright, young ambitious higher education spokesperson Sarah Teather to ask how fair that is.

As part of our special evening programme, they talk about the dearth of non-white faces in the conference halls and whether the party has a policy on scrapping university tuition fees.

Simon Hughes
Lib Dems, Day Three

Simon Hughes

Despite Simon Hughes' concerns about the media's preoccupation with the existence - or otherwise - of an unofficial leadership contest among the Lib Dems, Jenny kicks off her interview with him by asking about "sniping in the ranks".

Fresh from the platform, the party president talks about getting the message across, and whether that would be easier if, as Jenny puts it, "Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne just shut up".

They also discuss Mr Hughes' references to Gordon Brown in his speech and whether that helps us work out which of the other parties the Lib Dems are more pally with.

Nick Clegg
Lib Dems, Day Three

Nick Clegg

Andrew wears his Nick Clegg badge ready to interview the Lib Dem home affairs spokesman.

They discuss the party's policy on immigration and citizenship, and the experience of other European countries.

Also, following Mr Clegg's announcement this morning that he would probably stand for the party leadership in the future, Andrew asks him why he refuelled an awkward issue that was beginning to die.

Finally, Andrew asks the potential Home Secretary how he got a community punishment record in Germany - did he burn down a greenhouse or simply damage some cacti?

David Laws
Lib Dems, Day Two

David Laws

From our evening show, an interview with Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families David Laws, the man who said that the only people who had read the European constitutional treaty were "headbangers". Andrew asks him why he would want to put into law something he hadn't read.

Mr Laws has referred to Britain as a broken society; Andrew asks for the Lib Dems' single biggest idea on how to mend it.

Menzies Campbell
Lib Dems, Day Two

Menzies Campbell

Andrew Neil sits down with the Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell.

He asks Sir Menzies what's improved for the party since he became leader; the recent local election results; whether he agrees that his party should "hammer the rich"; the presence or otherwise of "headbangers" among Lib Dem councillors; the possibility of coalition government after the next election, and whether electoral reform would be a deal-breaker.

Vince Cable
Lib Dems, Day One

Vince Cable

Andrew Neil interviews Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable as part of our special evening coverage of the conferences.

They discuss "hammering the rich" and the characterisation of some party members as "the lunatic fringe" or indeed "headbangers" over the European referendum question.

Chris Huhne
Lib Dems, Day One

Andrew Neil and Chris Huhne

Andrew Neil is on the floor in Brighton, talking to Lib Dem environment spokesman Chris Huhne, one of those tipped as a future leader of the party.

Andrew asks about whether the party intends to "hammer the rich", the green policies of the main parties, taxation and some unusual mugs for sale on the conference floor.

Paddy Ashdown
Lib Dems, Day One

Paddy Ashdown

Jenny Scott is joined in our Westminster studio by former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown.

They discuss whether there's a leadership crisis in the party, small government, Wikipedia, Lib Dem election results, and the criticism Andrew used to dole out to Lord Ashdown in the press.

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