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banner Monday, 24 September, 2001, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Lib Dems: The week
Charles Kennedy speaking to the conference
Under the shadow of attacks in the US, the party conference season opened with the Liberal Democrats. Their leader Charles Kennedy stressed that democracy must continue in the face of international terrorism.


THURSDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER

Charles Kennedy has ended the Liberal Democrat conference with a warning to the world not to meet terror with terror. In a sombre and short speech dominated by the international crisis he underlined his warning that incautious action against terrorism would destroy the basic values of liberty, democracy and diversity.

 Charles Kennedy's speech


WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER

Simon Hughes warned against rushed legislation on identity cards

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesmann Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes warns against rushing in legislation on compulsory identity cards
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Simon Hughes warned against rushing in the introduction of compulsory identity cards in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States. He told the conference that he wasn't against a debate on the proposal, but the freedom of the individual must also be considered.

 Simon Hughes' speech

Menzies Campbell stressed the need for international co-operation

Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman Menzies Campbell
Menzies Campbell urges justice not vengence
Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Menzies Campbell stressed the need for the US to continue working with an international coalition in the war on terrorism. He also called for adequate funding for the armed forces.

 Menzies Campbell's speech


TUESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER

CBI boss warned against talk of recession

Digby Jones speaking at the LibDem conference
Digby Jones warns against recessionary talk
Digby Jones, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, acknowledged that a number of sectors have been hit hard by the terrorist attacks in the US, but warned that the UK is in danger of talking itself into a recession.

 Digby Jones' speech

 The BBC's Robin Chrystal reports on the day's events


MONDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER

Kennedy's note of caution

Charles Kennedy at the podium
Charles Kennedy says the US needs Britain as "a candid friend"
Charles Kennedy made an emergency statement on the response to the terror attacks in the United States. He told the conference that Britain was right to stand shoulder to shoulder with the US but there could be no "blank cheques"

 The BBC's Robin Chrystal reports

See also:

23 Sep 01 | Liberal Democrats
Dilemma facing Kennedy
23 Sep 01 | UK Politics
Blunkett warming to ID cards
23 Sep 01 | Liberal Democrats
Shadow over party conferences
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