Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lib Dems President: "Party In A Critical State"

Lib Dem election researchFewer than a third of Liberal Democrat voters at the last election plan to back the party again, a major poll has revealed.

A survey commissioned by former Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft suggests there is little room for complacency for Nick Clegg despite the recent by-election victory in Eastleigh. 

Lord Ashcroft’s research, based on a poll of more than 20,000 voters, finds that only 29 per cent of those who voted Lib Dem in 2010 say they would do so again tomorrow – just 5 per cent of the electorate.

Some 29 per cent of Lib Dem voters in 2010 now say they would vote Labour or Green – with many angry that the party joined the Coalition.

The most recognisable Lib Dem policy for an amnesty for illegal migrants, which only 25 per cent of voters support, was dropped by Clegg last week.
Lib Dem president Tim Farron said ‘We’re a bit like cockroaches after a nuclear war, just a bit less smelly.The party is in a critical state. We may well be cockroach-ish, but we shouldn’t take that for granted. One day someone will stand on us if we are not careful. We shouldn’t assume our survival is guaranteed.’

Of course, former Lib Dem voters, members and activisits are all welcome to join Labour's winning team in Redlands!

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