On Liberal Democrats, equidistance, working with others and electoral success

I’m trying to think of a Liberal Democrat leadership election in which the question of “which party are you closest to?” hasn’t been a big issue for the candidates. The best I can think of is 1988 when Paddy Ashdown and Alan Beith were more likely to be asked which of the two parties that had merged into the Social and Liberal Democrats they were closest to. Or just “which party are you?”

So it’s unsurprising that relations with other parties have been a big issue in the party’s 2020 leadership…