says Lib Dem spokesperson.
Charles Kennedy left the Lib Dem Conference a bit early at about 9.30am so he could pick up the car as he's the designated driver. The leadership like the odd drink and so it makes sense to have a teetotaller as the designated driver. As he left, Charles was seen to be visibly shaking with excitement from what he had just heard at the conference.
Mr Kennedy had missed the opening rally and few fringe meetings but blamed it on the fact he was looking for somewhere to park.
"I'm fantash...fantashti...I'm fine. It's the bestest ever Conferenshhhce and I love you all," he said reassuringly.
"I never intendededed to hear Cleggy's speesh. If I want to know about Lib Dem polishicy, I'll wait for the Tory Conferenshhh. Shhh. Quiet. Waheyyyy!
Charles has been parking the car in the Hare & Hounds car park and tends to wait inside, sometimes for hours. A barman confirmed he is in their pretty much all day and obviously forgets he's the designated driver. "He's also in charge of minding the drinks but doesn't do a very good job of that either. I've never seen him pick anyone up. I've seen others pick him up at the end of the night though. He says his wife doesn't understand him and after a few hours in here, I don't understand him either. I can't say too much as I'm apparently his bestest friend in all the world and if I was a woman, he'd marry me."
Nick Clegg gave his full support: "The Lib Dems are like a family. The Conference is like a family occasion. Every family has a someone who gets totally pissed on such occasions and Charles is like that in the Lib Dem family. I don't mean literally, of course. He's teetotal now because he's said so and he certainly wouldn't lie about that. He's not the most reliable chauffeur though."