Buoyant county Lib Dems 'having a good time' at conference
BUOYANT county Lib Dems are "having a good time" at their party's national conference, despite criticism of their leader Nick Clegg.
The former MP – and somewhat eccentric – Lembit Öpik may have said that Mr Clegg should have been "fired long ago", but party members from Gloucestershire, who are at the conference in Glasgow, have rallied behind their boss.
Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Gloucester City Council, said: "Lembit is a former MP who lost his seat when he shouldn't have lost it. It is just sour grapes from one man on the fringes, while thousands of us rally behind the party this weekend.
"There are a lot of Gloucestershire members here and we are having a good time."
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Mr Hilton said they had been listening to party leaders set out the Lib Dem stall ahead of the 2015 General Election.
He said: "There is a clear message of creating a stronger economy and a fairer society.
"One million private sector jobs and an increase of the income tax threshold are high up there on the agenda."
Speculation over who the Lib Dems might form a coalition with if the next election leaves a hung Parliament has begun. But Mr Hilton said the party "is not courting anyone" but added people have grown to like seeing two parties share power.