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Crunch Time for Clegg

In an interview with the Independent (18/09/10), Nick Clegg said that “the Lib Dems never were and aren’t a receptacle for left-wing dissatisfaction with the Labour Party. There is no future for that; there never was.”

While he is correct, the Lib Dems being a mixture a centre-left and centre-right wings, the Lib Dems are a centrist party. However, with the issue surrounding the Iraq War Charles Kennedy, former Lib Dem Leader, did turn the Lib Dems into “a receptacle for left-wing dissatisfaction with the Labour Party” as former Labour members and supporters flocked to the Lib Dems.

As Labour tries to redefine itself with the Leadership election, there is a strong possibility that Labour will slide back to the Left and thus moving away from the coveted centre ground. Therefore proving that there is no future for the Lib Dems becoming a receptacle, again.

However a sizeable portion of the Lib Dems are beginning to show their dissatisfaction with the Coalition Government. While some members have gone to the length of leaving the Party and crossing the floor to Labour or becoming independents. Luckily for the Lib Dems about as many have joined the Party in recent months as have left it.

But Nick Clegg will have to confront the small voices of dissent over an ‘abandonment’ of Lib Dem principals if he is to unite the Party and reverse trends in the polls. He will also have to address the issue of cuts, which mention of have been left out of the Conference Agenda, to reassure Lib Dems that they are not a voice piece for Tory cuts, but an active, responsible and moderating force in government.

Whatever happens at Conference over the next few days, Nick Clegg is facing crunch time and he will have to face up to his critics within the Party if he is to become as popular in his own Party as he is with the Conservatives.

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