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Farron: Lib Dems should prepare for return to government

Tim Farron will make his first major address to the Liberal Democrat conference as party leader on Wednesday. Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats should prepare for a return to government in 2020, even if it means doing a deal with the Conservatives, leader Tim Farron will tell the party's conference on Wednesday.

Mr Farron will tell activists "power is tough but worth it" and stress the importance of putting principle into practice.

After five years in coalition with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats were reduced to just eight MPs in May's general election, resulting in Nick Clegg resigning as party leader and being replaced by Mr Farron.

In his speech, Mr Farron is expected to highlight success on boosting the personal tax allowance and gay marriage, as well as acknowledging his party made mistakes in office.

"I am proud of what we did in government and I am determined we will return to government," he will say.


Paddy Ashdown gets party started at Lib Dem conference

Paddy Ashdown got behind the decks to kickstart the Liberal Democrat fightback at the party conference in Bournemouth.

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The former leader took the stage at the party disco to kick the night off - only to be upstaged by former business minister, Jo Swinson.

Together with former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael, the three ex-MPs got party activists dancing to Chumbawamba - and I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred.

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Lord Ashdown started his set with Belgian dance tune Ta Fete by Stromae.

Around 300 people packed into the party at the Bournemouth conference hotel until the early hours of the morning.


Tim Farron elected new Liberal Democrat leader

Tim Farron has been elected as the new Liberal Democrat leader, following a vote of party members to decide who should succeed Nick Clegg.

Some 60,000 members were able to vote in the election to choose between Mr Farron and his rival, Norman Lamb. Mr Farron, the former president of the party, was the bookmakers' favourite to take the job.

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