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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Lib Dems hail 'growing support'
Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy says more people are now moving to the Lib Dems
The Liberal Democrats' first election broadcast has told how support for their party is growing across the UK.

Leader Charles Kennedy, who features prominently in the video, says more and more voters see his party as "the real alternative" to a Labour government.

The film, shown on Wednesday evening, highlights the Lib Dem record on free personal care for the elderly, tuition fees and the Iraq war.

It points to Lib Dem by-election wins in Brent East and Leicester South.

This time it's the Liberal Democrats that are the real alternative
Charles Kennedy

Mr Kennedy will launch his party's manifesto on Thursday, having taken a short break from campaigning to be with his wife and newborn son.

In the film, he compares policies on education and care for the elderly in England unfavourably with those in Scotland, where the Lib Dems form part of government.

"More and more people are moving to the Liberal Democrats," he says.

Charles Kennedy in the Lib Dem election broadcast
Kennedy points to the Lib Dems' by-election win in Brent East

"This time it's the Liberal Democrats that are the real alternative."

In the film, which last for less than three minutes, an elderly woman is shown saying she had decided to support to the Lib Dems after being "so, so disappointed" with Tony Blair.

A young Asian woman says she lost her faith in Labour over the war in Iraq, while a man praises the Lib Dem-run council in Newcastle.

"Our party election broadcast reflects the momentum that the Liberal Democrats have established in recent years," said Lord Rennard, the party's chief executive.