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Coverage-a-plenty in today’s press – but not all of it will bring a smile to the face …

Conference row between Nick/Vince and MPs/activists

Vince Cable faces tax policy mutiny at Lib Dem Conference (Times)
Huhne backs Cable after attack (BBC)
MPs’ anger at Cable ‘mansion tax’ (BBC)
Lib Dems round on Nick Clegg and Vince Cable over ‘codswallop’ policy (Times)
Delegates lash out at leader over policy shifts (Independent)
Clegg faces frontbench dissent on cuts (Independent)
Clegg under fire from Lib Dems over move to downgrade spending commitments (Guardian)
Clegg faces mutinous party (Financial Times)
Ming Campbell rebukes Evan Harris (PoliticsHome.com / BBC)
Nick Clegg to shrug off Liberal Democrat grumbles with plea to voters (Guardian)

Lib Dem policy debates/announcements
Clegg’s cuts message wins backing (BBC)
Key points: Lib Dem ‘pre-manifesto’ (BBC)
Lib Dems demand ‘savage cuts’ to UK emissions as they back 10:10 campaign (Guardian)
Lib Dem conference: British public lose confidence in Afghanistan (Telegraph)
Lord Ashdown calls for Afghan troops (Independent)
Lib Dems call for £1bn emergency package to help developing countries (Guardian)
Lib Dems warned over ballot talk (BBC)
Lib Dem Chris Huhne drops attack on ‘skinhead Hague’ from conference speech (Daily Mail)

Beyond the conference hall
Stars of the Lib Dem conference (Economist) – Vince and Paddy since you ask
Don’t target Labour says Clarke (BBC)
Lib Dems would be compelled to work with Labour after Tory victory – Menzies Campbell (Guardian)
Terror alert over gun prank by candidate (Sun)

Commentary and sketches
Wake up, Liberal Democrats. Your moment is nigh (Daniel Finkelstein, Times)
Clegg and Cable lost in cuts confusion (Seamus Milne, Guardian)
I want a gadfly party, not this rickety Ikea version (Simon Jenkins, Guardian)
Sketch: Teatime in Libdemland province (Simon Hoggart, Guardian)
Sketch: Honesty and trust are the freshest ingredients on a tired menu (Independent)
Sketch: Exaggeration is part of politics but Chris Huhne’s Nazi jibes against the Tories were a goosestep too far (Daily Mail)

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One Comment

  • Tony Greaves 23rd Sep '09 - 2:19pm

    How extraordinary that the leadership deliberately go out to get bad publicity by seeking rows not just with the conference members but with their own MPs and the Policy Committee, simply by trying to act in an illiberal way and show “strong leadership” at the behest of the fools who dominate the national media.

    But – extraordinary though it may be – they are not the first and I don’t suppose they will be the last. Good leadership is all about understanding the party you are leading and that appears to be not as full as it ought to be.

    Tony Greaves

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