Having dumped their candidate in Crewe for a younger, more voter friendly model, the LibDems have now done the same in Henley. What is it about LibDem candidates that they are considered good enough to fight general elections but not good enough for by elections? Presumably at a general election they are happy to take anyone in seats like this as they don't stand a cat in hell's chance.
Their candidate in Crewe resigned from the LibDems in disgust at his treatment. Their former Henley candidate Susan Cooper is none too pleased at her treatment - she didn't even make the shortlist in the reselection - and has retired to her garden to lick her wounds.
Hat tip: Jonathan Isaby on Three Line Whip
UPDATE: Conservative Party Chairman Caroline Spelman has just commented on this: “After the local elections the Liberal Democrats should have learnt that it is fresh ideas not just fresh faces the electorate is looking for. This is further evidence of Nick Clegg's inability to show leadership and purpose. The cynical way the Liberal Democrat hierarchy has casually discarded age and experience is an insult to people who have given their party years of service and an insult to the intelligence of voters.”