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Lib Dem party members 'feel like fools'

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will address a special conference of his Liberal Democrat party this weekend in an effort to get members to endorse the coalition deal with the Tories. Many members have threatened to leave the party over the deal.

Nick Starling a party member said many activists "feel like fools".

"Only 10 days ago we were out warning people how dangerous the Tories would be, " he explained to Today presenter Justin Webb.

"Some of the things we are going to be introducing seem to be unprincipled," he added.

Simon Hughes MP and former President of the party sais he had "sympathy" with party members' anger at the coalition

He outlined the choices that the party faced when deciding whether to form a coalition, "we've managed to move the government from what would've been a right-wing government to a government with many Liberal Democrat priorities."

When asked if the party would now support the Tories' VAT rises, Mr Hughes replied, "we are an independent party, we don't suddenly change our policy... There will be negotiation as to what will be in the budget."

"I urge people to stay with us and judge us by what we do," he said.


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