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Sunday, 22 August 2010

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Kennedy to say "cheerio" to Westminster and "G'day mate" to the Australian Outback

One day after denying newspaper reports that he was about to defect to the Labour party, ex-British Liberal Democrat party leader Charles Kennedy has left the country to join Australian Julia Gillard's Labour party.

Kennedy is no stranger to scandal. He was once found smoking in a non-smoking train and refused to put out his cigarette. He recently announced that he was leaving his wife for "a bottle of whiskey". Following the May general election, the crybaby refused to endorse his party's coalition with the Conservatives, whinging that "It might be good for the country but I don't care. I hate the Conservatives. Bwaaaaahhhh!"

Kennedy met Gillard on Facebook and they struck up a relationship. They have many things in common, both being short, ginger and irritating. Kennedy emailed her that he was thinking of separating from his party and she replied "You can park your Pommy car in my Aussie garage anytime".

Although Gillard is Prime Minister of Australia, the results of the country's recent general election suggest that no single party has an outright majority and she will need all the allies she can get. Some political commentators believe that if she bagged a former high-profile UK party leader, this could persuade minority parties to back her. Or not.

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