The Lib Dems are facing a near parliamentary wipeout at the next general election, according to a respected indepedent pollster.
Peter Kellner, the president of YouGov, said the party was on course to return just 10 MPs to Westminster after the 2015 election if it remained adrift on 10 per cent of the vote.
The Lib Dems have failed to regain the support they lost immediately after agreeing to form a coalition with the Conservatives after the 2010 election.
Mr Kellner said "Most people – and a huge majority of Lib Dem deserters – say they don't know what the party stands for, and think it has broken its promises."
There is no doubt that in Redlands and in Reading East, Labour picked up disaffected former Lib Dem supporters at the 2011 and 2012 council elections - and is continuing to do so.
The door is always open!