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Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Lib Dems review political 'marriage'
Lib Dems at their 2002 Autumn conference
Lib Dems are setting down the conditions for a future coalition
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are reviewing the terms of their power-sharing deal with Labour, if no party wins an overall majority at the Welsh Assembly elections in May.

At their gathering in Llandrindod Wells in Powys on Sunday the party were outlining a set of priorities that would form the basis of any new partnership government.

The Liberal Democrats currently share power with Labour at the Welsh Assembly.

Sian LLoyd
Weathergirl Sian Lloyd was at the conference

But Mike German, the party's leader in Cardiff Bay, has said they would not rule out a coalition with any party, including Plaid Cymru.

Key priorities for the party leadership include the introduction of proportional representation in local government elections and the extension of the assembly's powers.

Senior party figures say the renewal of the pact after May's election would not be conditional on the priorities, but the party would want Labour to move significantly towards them.

The leadership also wants increased investment in public services and the strengthening of Welsh communities to be central to talks over a new coalition administration.

It also wants the terms of any pact to be in writing and open. And it wants any pact to run for a specified time only.

Lembit Opik
Lembit Opik is leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

The leadership says it will seek increased investment in public services and says it views the strengthening of Welsh communities as central in talks over any new coalition administration.

It also wants the terms of any pact to be in writing and open. And it wants any pact to run for a specified time only.

Earlier, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, the MP for Montgomery Lembit Opik, called on his party to turn its brand of politics into "a competition not a war".

Mr Opik, who was accompanied by his partner TV weathergirl Sian Lloyd, told the autumn conference: "I want us to rise above the backbiting and trivia. I want us to only criticise when we can suggest a better way ourselves.

"I want us to be willing to give credit where credit is due. And I want us to learn from others and apply their best practice to our own work."

Mr Opik said the policy was a risk, but it could "change Welsh politics."

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