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Lib Dem conference at-a-glance: Day four
All you need to know about Day Four of the Liberal Democrat conference 2005, at-a-glance:

22 SEPTEMBER IN A SENTENCE

Charles Kennedy wraps up conference by stepping up his personal attack on Tony Blair over Iraq as he tries to put leadership speculation behind him.

CONFERENCE CATCH-UP

Charles Kennedy steps his personal attacks on Tony Blair as he brings the conference to a close.

The government's plan to introduce identity cards poses a "fundamental" threat to civil liberties, Liberal Democrats have heard.

CONFERENCE DIARY

An easy mistake to make, perhaps. But one woman visitor sat through a good half hour of a fringe meeting staged by the Countryside Alliance, entitled "the power of minorities" before getting to her feet and explaining she had thought it was going to be about ethnic minorities. Still, the Alliance's pro fox-hunting sentiments clearly interested her, one way or another, and she sat through to the bitter end.

Party campaigns chief Lord Razzall spent part of his morning press briefing explaining why the Lib Dems were so opposed to government plans to introduce an offence of glorifying terrorism. If the law was currently on the statute books both Ken Livingstone and former Lib Dem frontbencher Jenny Tonge would probably be in prison, he declared. Ms Tonge was sacked from her job by Charles Kennedy after claiming if she lived on the West Bank she might have become a terrorist as well.

To add to Charles Kennedy's woes this week, one of his newly elected MPs has declared an interest in becoming leader. John Hemmings said the Lib Dems were "about more than one person". But the MP for Birmingham Yardley said he would be "quite happy" to remain a backbencher for a while, having been in parliament "for about five and a half seconds".

THURSDAY'S AGENDA

0900 Debate on NHS prescription of Alzheimer's drugs 0930 Debate on anti-social behaviour 1015 Debate on civil liberties 1100 Party business and speech by party leader Charles Kennedy

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Charles Kennedy hitches a ride on one of Blackpool's famous trams

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Charles has indicated he's going on and that's the nature of this party," Simon Hughes denying he is planning a leadership bid.





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