General Election 2015

Nick Clegg says the LibDems offer ‘coalition with conscience’

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launching his party's manifesto- a blueprint for a stronger economy and fairer society. Image: @LibDems

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launching his party’s manifesto- a blueprint for a stronger economy and fairer society. Image: @LibDems

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg launched his party’s manifesto today in south London and highlighted that in its role as a future coalition partner they could ‘add a heart to a Conservative government & a brain to a Labour one.’

He warned voters that no party would win the upcoming election outright.

So he urged voters to support the Lib Dems in order to form a ‘coalition with conscience’ that would ‘not lurch off to extremes.’

The media made great play of the fact that while in London the LibDems campaigning ‘battle bus’ has broken down twice.

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And a power failure during the party’s manifesto launch at Battersea’s TestBed1 in south London plunged live broadcasters into semi-darkness.

There was also a microphone malfunction.

Main points of the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2015 General Election:

  • Balance the budget fairly through a mixture of cuts and taxes on higher earners
  • Increase tax-free allowance to £12,500
  • Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 with an extra £2.5bn and qualified teachers in every class
  • Invest £8bn in the NHS. Equal care for mental & physical health
  • Five new laws to protect nature and fight climate change

The LibDems believe their policy on fairer taxes is so logical and simple that even young children have no trouble understanding it.

The LibDems have offered voters a variety of ways of studying their manifesto, which at 158 pages  and 33,000 words is the longest of the main parties contesting the election.

In its entirety, which can be downloaded here the Daily Telegraph mused it was longer than some short novels.

The LibDems offer a full sound version of the manifesto that can be downloaded in 88 megabytes of MP3 files.

Though it is voiced using electronic robotic style software.

So that it might be argued that Nick Clegg’s introduction sounds more like a malfunctioning replicant from the film Bladerunner.

While in London and the south east Nick Clegg has been visiting and supporting the campaigns of Lib Dem candidates in constituencies where the party hopes local support will defy the trend of opinion polls predicting many fewer votes than in 2010.

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