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16 May 2010

Power-hungry Lib Dems back Clegg on Tory coalition

“High” party will hope it hasn’t fallen victim to honeytrap.

By James Macintyre

So, Nick Clegg has received “overwhelming” support at his party’s special conference in Birmingham over his decision to help David Cameron’s Conservatives to form a government, despite concerns expressed by Charles Kennedy this morning.

At present, according to one Lib Dem at the conference, the party is on a “high”, thrilled to be in power for the first time in modern British politics. One subject that was discussed behind the scenes, however, was what the party’s identity would look like come the next general election.

MPs, Lib Dem activists and Nick Clegg had better hope that by then, their alliance with the Conservatives won’t have proved to be the biggest honeytrap in political history.

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