Cllr Simon McDougall, a Lib Dem councillor on Arun District Council, has apologised and agreed to pay £1,000 after misleading voters. He had accused Conservative colleagues of predetermining a planning application. The money will be spent sending letters and taking newspaper advertisements withdrawing his allegaton – which had legal implications.

Will all the other Lib Dem councillors around the country who have circulated leaflets misleading voters follow Cllr McDougall's example?