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Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 08:46 GMT

Lib Dems: We can govern

The Liberal Democrats can make a real difference in government, party leader Charles Kennedy has said.

Mr Kennedy said the Lib Dems were delivering on their promises in the Scottish and Welsh executives and in local government.

" The weakest opposition for over 100 years - that's William Hague's Conservatives "
Charles Kennedy

He said the party's record contrasted with the Conservatives who he suggested were the weakest opposition for over 100 years.

"The Liberal Democrats have more representation and more power today than at any time since the days of Lloyd George," he said.

"In Edinburgh and Cardiff, the Liberal Democrats are actually in government.

"Compare this to William Hague's Conservatives. In the House of Commons, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, most of local government and the European Parliament - no influence, no impact.

"The weakest opposition for more than 100 years - that's William Hague's Conservatives."

Mr Kennedy told the party's daily news conference that in Wales the party was delivering smaller class sizes, while in Scotland it had abolished university tuition fees and was ensuring that all people in long-term care would receive it free of charge.

"Only the Liberal Democrats will abolish tuition fees throughout the United Kingdom," he added.

"Only the Liberal Democrats will fund free personal care for older people in long-term care."

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