Nick Clegg has warned Liberal Democrats of more tough times ahead as he put them on a war footing before the 2015 general election.
The Sheffield Hallam MP closed his party’s autumn conference in Brighton with a keynote speech in which he told activists that "nothing worthwhile can be won without a battle".
But the Deputy Prime Minister said that proving his party could manage the economy better than Labour and more fairly than the Tories would reap electoral reward.
- Pledged to block any Tory bid to further reduce the top rate of income tax, following controversy over his acceptance of a cut from 50p to 45p,
- Reiterated his determination to ensure the rich shoulder the burden of an additional £16 billion of public spending cuts expected in 2015/16,
- Acknowledged the need to make further public spending cuts after the next election,
- Vowed to fight "short-sighted" Conservative opposition to green policies,
- Announced a £50 million-a-year "catch-up premium" for extra tuition for pupils failing to make the grade in English and maths.
– Councillor Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell)
The speech actually emphasised what we all need to focus on. Letting people know out there all the positive actions that we, as a party in Government, are doing in coalition.
– HARRIET HARMAN MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
The truth is that they have betrayed the people who voted for them and far from being a brake on the Tories, they are their accomplices.