Here are the three main lines promoted by the party from conference to the media in the last 24 hours:
- Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference unveils plans to increase the pay of Britain’s lowest-earning troops by £6,000, improve the condition of forces’ housing, and ensure proper medical provision for all personnel. The proposals, which would mean that no service personnel in the Army, Navy or RAF would receive less basic annual pay than a new-entrant police constable or development-level firefighter, would be funded within the MoD’s existing budget.
- Liberal Democrat Conference has demanded an independent, public inquiry into allegations of British Government complicity in torture. Citing evidence that Tony Blair and others may have been aware of policy guidance on the issue, Conference passed a motion calling for a full and independent public inquiry into the involvement or knowledge of the British Government on matters relating to torture and extraordinary rendition.
- Nick Clegg has pledged to put children at the heart of the party’s General Election manifesto: “Giving children the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything the Liberal Democrats believe in. In this time of financial crisis and massive uncertainty, there is a risk that those who are most blameless will be the ones who suffer the harshest consequences. The next generation must not pay the price for mistakes made today. Only by focusing on children, through policies like cutting class sizes, can we tackle the entrenched disadvantage we have in Britain today.”
And a selection of the media coverage:
- Cable will be given front-row seat on election battlebus (The Independent)
- Charles Kennedy charms Liberal Democrats on return to frontline politics (The Times)
- Lib Dems call for an end to war in Afghanistan (Daily Telegraph)
- Confusion over plan to tax £1m properties as Nick Clegg woos the left (The Guardian)
- Campbell backs Clegg over divisive tuition fee climbdown (The Independent)
- Lib Dems conference: supermarket greed forcing farmers out of business (Daily Telegraph)
Finally, don’t forget you dose of Polly Toynbee: A deathbed conversion will do. It’s now or never for PR.