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Clegg takes swipe at the Tories

Nick Clegg took a swipe at his Tory coalition partners as he claimed the Liberal Democrats were "the only party that can speak credibly about creating jobs". Addressing a rally of activists, he branded the Conservatives "the party of fire at will."

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Lib Dems 'target 25% of electorate' at next election

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will address a Liberal Democrat rally in Glasgow today. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Liberal Democrats can win a quarter of the votes at the next election despite a series of opinion polls suggesting the party has haemorrhaged support since the formation of the coalition Government, senior sources believe.

The party intend to focus on the "soft" Labour and Conservative votes that are believed to be up for grabs, on top of the core support that has stayed loyal despite the tough choices and compromises that have been made since taking office in 2010.

But as activists gathered in Glasgow for the Liberal Democrats' autumn conference a survey of the party's supporters showed nearly half believed Nick Clegg was taking it in the wrong direction.

The Lib Dems secured 23% of the vote at the 2010 election and based on internal polling carried out over the last year senior party sources believe they can achieve a similar - or even slightly higher - share in 2015.

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