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The rough and the smooth

Betsan Powys | 14:29 UK time, Friday, 16 April 2010

Now we know why the Lib Dems changed their plans at the last moment and published their manifesto yesterday, instead of today. They knew something might be round the corner - something set in train on a night out back in January - and here it is.

The statement from Jo Foster, Chief Executive of the Welsh Liberal Democrats speaks for itself:

"This afternoon, Mick Bates was told by South Wales Police that he will be summonsed at a future date for various offences following an incident in Cardiff on 20th January.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats regard this matter with the utmost seriousness. Therefore, Mr Bates' membership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has been suspended, pending the outcome of the case."

South Wales Police have confirmed that the charges relate to common assault and public order offences.

The Lib Dems are having a day of taking the smooth ... with the rough.

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