Vince Cable dropped for key Liberal Democrat rally speech so party can parade a woman instead

Vince Cable dropped for key Liberal Democrat rally speech so party can parade a woman instead Women's Minister Jo Swinson will address spring conference next weekendParty insiders fear it is wrong move in wake of Lord Rennard claims By Brendan Carlin PUBLISHED: 00:22 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 3 March 2013 Vince Cable has been moved from a key role at a Liberal Democrat rally in favour of the Minister caught up in the party’s ‘sex harassment’ row. Lib Dem rising star Jo Swinson, the Women’s Minister, has been picked ahead of Business Secretary Mr Cable to address party activists at their spring conference next weekend. The decision came after party managers demanded a female speaker because next Friday is International Women’s Day.

Jeremy Clarkson upsets animal activists after posting a picture of a dead mouse "killed during Top Gear rehearsals"

Animal rights activists outraged as 'oaf' Jeremy Clarkson posted picture of a squashed dead mouse 'killed during Top Gear rehearsals'Star posted picture on Twitter from MoscowClaimed it was 'harmed during Top Gear rehearsals' PETA brands him 'an oaf and a lout' By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 23 February 2013 Jeremy Clarkson pictured today during a visit to Red Square in Moscow He's never been one to shy away from controversy.

Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case

Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 22 December 2012 Chris Huhne is tipped to replace Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader if he wins a criminal case being brought against him, senior party figures claimed last night.

Keir Starmer QC: Backs free speech by saying it"s OK to offend people

'We don't need a law against insults': Keir Starmer backs free speech as he says it's OK to offend people Keir Starmer QC said it was safe to reform the controversial law that says it is a criminal offence to use 'insulting words or behaviour'The clause of the Public Order Act has spurred a campaign which has united activists and celebrities in favour of right for people to insult each other | UPDATED: 01:40 GMT, 11 December 2012 Free speech: Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said there is no need for a law that makes it a crime to insult someone There is no need for a law that makes it a crime to insult someone, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said. In a boost to free-speech campaigners, Keir Starmer QC said it was safe to reform the controversial law that says it is a criminal offence to use ‘insulting words or behaviour’

Egypt"s Muslim-led assembly votes for draft constitution based on Islamic law as Christians and liberals boycott meeting

Egypt's Muslim-led assembly votes for draft constitution based on Islamic law as Christians and liberals boycott meetingEgypt's Muslim dominated assembly hurriedly approved a draft constitution that will retain the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislationLiberal, leftist and Christian assembly members had withdrawn in protestCritics fear the draft charter could lead to legislation being overseen by Islamic clericsDocument is expected to be put to a nationwide referendum within the next 30 days | UPDATED: 15:55 GMT, 30 November 2012 Egypt's Muslim-led assembly has raced through approval of a new draft constitution without the participation of liberal and Christian members. Critics fear the move, which saw the assembly vote unanimously to retain the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislation, could lead to restrictions on women's rights and freedom of speech.