Bruce bids for deputy role
Sir Malcolm Bruce has put himself forward at the 11th hour to become the new deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The veteran north-east MP – who is due to stand down at next year’s general election – is understood to have been asked by senior party figures to throw his hat into the ring.
The contest to become deputy to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been triggered by the resignation of Simon Hughes, who quit last month to become the new justice minister in the Westminster government.
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