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15 October 2010

*Breaking* Lib Dem website hijacked for Clegg attack

By Rob Higson

A website – www.liberaldemocrats.co.uk – which has been registered to Liberal Democrat headquarters is linked to a YouTube video urging Nick Clegg not to abandon his promise to break the cap on university tuition fees.

“Rember the General Election? Students do”, reads the website before it launches into a scathing critique of the Lib Dem policy turnaround.

“We will resist, vote against, campaign against, any lifting of that cap”, states the Lib Dem leader in the one-and-a-half minute long video.

Tracing the details of the website, its entry details read as follows:

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Domain name:
liberaldemocrats.co.uk

Registrant:
The Liberal Democrats (Trustees) Limited

Trading as:
The Liberal Democrats

Registrant type:
UK Limited Company, (Company number: 2231620)

Registrant’s address:
4 Cowley Street
London
SW1P 3NB
United Kingdom

Registrar:
NetBenefit UK Ltd t/a NetBenefit Plc [Tag = NETBENEFIT] URL: http://www.netbenefit.com

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 14-Aug-2002
Renewal date: 14-Aug-2012
Last updated: 30-Sep-2010

Registration status:
Registered until renewal date.

The website is not the official website of the Liberal Democrats, but is registered to 4 Cowley Street, London, SW1P 3NB – which is also the address of the Liberal Democrat headquarters in Westminster. The source behind the website linking remains unclear.

 

UPDATE: The same has happened to www.liberaldemocrats.org.uk again registered to Lib Dem HQ.

UPDATE 2: The Guardian has more. It seems action has now been taken to remove the sites.