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LIB DEMLiberal Democrat(s) (UK political party)
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The Lib Dem candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire and other members of the party presumably kept quiet whilst their leaders took the sword to public spending, but are now emerging blinking into the light saying they want to address the problems caused by their own actions.
"The last time Coun Forbes made wild predictions about Lib Dem prospects in Newcastle was just prior to the North Jesmond by-election last August, which the Lib Dems won by a landslide."
Some Lib Dems opposed the coalition but many would argue that the country was certain to have a Tory-led government after the last election - because the Tories won 307 seats while Labour won 258 - so the question is whether it's better for the Conservatives to govern on their own or whether the country is better off with Lib Dem ministers in the thick of it, blocking the most extreme Tory policies.
This ( Survation poll says it all - 13 percent of 2010 Lib Dem voters in Eastleigh have switched to Ukip whilst only 5 percent have switched to Labour and 8 percent to the Conservatives.
Plaid Cymru Wrexham Coun Arfon Jones said: "This is just sour grapes by Labour, it was no secret Winston was a card carrying Lib Dem but he put his party to one side to campaign."
For them, it blows apart the wounding claim that voting Lib Dem is a wasted vote because they have no chance of getting into power.
While both Lib Dems and Conservatives support reform in theory, plans to get rid of the current peers and replace them with elected members are seen as a Lib Dem project which the Tories could quite happily forget all about.
.Instead of joining with the rest of the city in tackling the financial crisis imposed on the city by their government the Lib Dems have refused to take up our offer to join in a joint budget process.
Lib Dem MP Adrian Saunders admitted his party was in trouble, adding: "We have lost a generation of young voters.
Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Simon Hughes said any attempt by Tories to avoid offering voting reform would be a dealbreaker.
A Lib Dem source had told political correspondent Jon Sopel that Brown "delivered a diatribe laced with threats" to Clegg.
Wycombe District - Totteridge: Lib Dem 733, C 408, Lab 214.