Britain's LibDems hold last conference before election

13th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Britain Liberal Democrats on Friday began their last party conference before a general election in May as they bid to remain the kingmaker of British politics despite an expected drubbing in the vote.

The event in Liverpool in northwest England gets underway on Friday and the party's 48-year-old leader Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is expected to address supporters on Saturday and Sunday.

Clegg said the event would be a chance to "prepare ourselves for the long, hard campaign ahead".

The Liberal Democrats are currently only at seven percent support, according to an analysis of opinion polls by the Daily Telegraph, compared to a 23 percent result at the last general election in 2010.

The party was behind the Greens and the anti-EU UK Independence Party, both at 14 percent, the Conservatives at 33 percent and Labour at 34 percent, according to the Telegraph's analysis.

Clegg has sought to distance himself from his coalition partner, Prime Minister David Cameron, ahead of the election but has kept his options about allying either with the Conservatives or with Labour.

The party manifesto, which will be unveiled at the conference, includes a scheme to help young people buy homes in response to a housing crisis caused by high prices, a growing population and slow construction.

© 2015 AFP

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