|Kennedy: Defection talk is "utter b****cks" Posted by JamieSophy at 9 02 AM on Sunday, August 22|
FORMER LibDem leader Charles Kennedy last night branded claims he was defecting to Labour as "utter b*ll*cks" last night.
He told pals he was furious about the reports. And in an email to Deputy PM Nick Clegg he said it was "the silliest of silly season stories".
Yesterday rumours emerged that Kennedy had been in talks with Labour whips because he was unhappy the LibDems had gone into coalition with the Tories.
In May he refused to vote for the coalition deal, preferring a Lib- Lab pact. He is also thought to be upset about the extent of government spending cuts.
But a friend of Kennedy said: "He is quite clear — this story is utter b*ll*cks. It’s been put about by supporters of Ed Miliband for reasons best known to themselves.
"If Charles could find a way of suing over this, he would. But of course, it’s all been put out anonymously."
Mr Clegg called it "Labour mischief making".