As it happened: Wednesday at Lib Dem conference

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  • Party leader Nick Clegg delivers end-of-conference speech
  • Clegg says Lib Dems should be proud of record in government
  • Delegates have passed motions on anti-terror laws and legal aid

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  1.  
    1658:

    That brings an end to our live coverage of the Lib Dem conference. Reaction to the Clegg speech will be included in our main news story. There are full reports and analysis from the Lib Dem gathering in Glasgow in our party conferences special report. You can also watch today's two Daily Politics conference specials on the BBC iPlayer

     
  2.  
    1647: Michael Butlin

    tweets: #Glasgow, goodbye till next year very pleasant #ldconf Liberal Democrat Conference. By public transport of course - Train

     
  3.  
    1643: Kiran Stacey, Political correspondent, The FT

    tweets: My verdict on Clegg's #ldconf speech: there wasn't much there, but it was enough to cheer his party up

     
  4.  
    1643: Andrew Brown

    tweets: What a difference a week makes: leadership v activists narrative fizzles out and #Clegg makes a belter of a speech at #ldconf

     
  5.  
    1642: Mehdi Hassan, Huffington Post UK's political director

    tweets: "Nick Clegg Says Coalition Best For Britain, But Public Disagree"

     
  6.  
    1639:

    BBC deputy political editor James Landale has blogged on Nick Clegg's speech - he says the Lib Dem message was "we can handle government so give us another go". Political editor Nick Robinson has also given his thoughts on the mood change at this year's conference.

     
  7.  
    1633: Joshua

    tweets: Nick Clegg's #ldconf speech was all about "me me me" when it should have been about "you you you" #Labour #Lab13

     
  8.  
    1632:

    John Longworth of the British Chambers of Commerce says: "At a critical moment in Britain's economic recovery, our political leaders should be focused on growth. So it was curious to hear Nick Clegg talk more to his party about the virtues of coalition, rather than set out his big ideas for a more successful future."

     
  9.  
    1627:

    Sir Menzies Campbell tells the BBC that when he was Lib Dem leader he wanted "a realignment" of the left and a deal with Labour, but blamed Labour for it not happening. Nick Clegg ruled out such a realignment in his conference speech.

     
  10.  
    1625: David Green, Politics student

    tweets: Best speech ever from @nick_clegg at #ldconf LibDems a party of Government and that's where people need us #IAgreeWithNick #SEFS

     
  11.  
    1625:

    Health minister Norman Lamb describes Nick Clegg's speech as an "intensely personal" one. "The way I feel is that he has been traduced pretty massively over the last years. It is an easy jibe to just slag off Nick Clegg," he adds.

     
  12.  
    1623: Terry Cooper

    tweets: After a terrific time at @LibDemConf in Glasgow I'm now starting the journey home. Looking forward to returning next year #ldconf

     
  13.  
    1621:

    Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell praises Nick Clegg' speech as "brilliant - very personal, very relaxed". He says: "He was obviously enjoying himself and got the loudest cheer when he said we must do everything to reassert liberal and Liberal Democratic values."

     
  14.  
    1618: Greg Mulholland, MP

    tweets: Cracking leader's speech from Nick at @libdemconf, party activists leaving Glasgow in very good heart after a great conference. #ldconf

     
  15.  
    1611:

    The conference hall is empty, save a few stewards and camera crews.

     
  16.  
    1608: Mark Pack, Lecturer, City University

    tweets: Best buzz from conference reps after a party leader's speech for a long time. And cab driver even impressed! #ldconf

     
  17.  
    1607:

    Tim Farron tells the BBC it is "right to give free school meals to families across the range". He says in his constituency there is a "culture of pride" which prevents those entitled to mean-tested meals from claiming them.

     
  18.  
    1606: Andy Strange

    tweets: Well that was a much better speech than last year. Improved tone & language & an evolution in how to talk about coalition #ldconf

     
  19.  
    1605:

    Lib Dem president Tim Farron tells the BBC it was "ludicrous to think" that the Conservatives would have carried out some of the coalition's policies on their own.

     
  20.  
    1604: Giles Winn, Sky News Producer

    tweets: The quiet man of politics is MAKING LOUD NOISES. #Clegg #ldconf #WinningStrategy

     
  21.  
    1603:
    Jo Swinson and Duncan Hames

    Consumer affairs minister Jo Swinson watched the speech with husband, and fellow MP, Duncan Hames.

     
  22.  
    1559: Norman Smith, BBC News Channel's chief political correspondent

    says: "Again and again, the party faithful here have backed the Nick Clegg position."

     
  23.  
    1558:

    Norman Smith, the BBC News Channel's chief political correspondent, says Lib Dems are getting more used to power and, consequently, more likely to give their leader an easier time.

     
  24.  
    1558:

    Delegates will already be making their way home. Expect a rush for taxis.

     
  25.  
    1557:

    And that's the end of the annual conference, with Nick Clegg making an unambiguous bid to be in government again.

     
  26.  
    1554:

    Nick Clegg's address lasted about 52 minutes.

     
  27.  
    1554:

    The speech ends and the leader mingles with the troops on the conference floor, surrounded by the media scrum.

     
  28.  
    1553:

    "Our mission is in government again," declares Nick Clegg as delegates rise to applaud.

     
  29.  
    1552:

    The deputy PM says: "We hold the liberal centre while our opponents head left and right. I have spent my entire adult life watching the other two mess it up."

     
  30.  
    1551:

    The Lib Dems in government have "prevented the pendulum swinging from left back to right", Nick Clegg says.

     
  31.  
    1550:

    Nick Clegg refers to "dinosaur opponents" of the same-sex marriage law.

     
  32.  
    1549: Charlotte Henry, political journalist

    tweets: "I am what I am, and what I am needs no explaining" #ldconf

     
  33.  
    1549:

    Nick Clegg says he wants the Lib Dems to be "a party of government without behaving like an establishment party".

     
  34.  
    1548: Stephen Hull, HuffPost UK's executive editor

    tweets: We will be the party of in'. IN trouble, INsignificant, IN bed with anyone who offers #LibDems

     
  35.  
    1548:

    The Lib Dem leader says the party must never stop "speaking like human beings".

     
  36.  
    1548:

    Nick Clegg says he and his family "chose not to live being the government battlements in Whitehall" but live in the family home.

     
  37.  
    1547: Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat candidate for European elections

    tweets: Clegg's speech very personal today, lots of references to family, liberal values & upbringing. Works well & sounds confident #ldconfG

     
  38.  
    1545:

    The deputy PM says "we will help all families in these tough times".

     
  39.  
    1545: Norman Smith, BBC News Channel chief political correspondent

    tweets: "We're here to bring the two party sytem down" -gets biggest cheer so far #ldconf

     
  40.  
    1543:

    Nick Clegg says he "made social mobility the social policy objective of this government".

     
  41.  
    1542:

    Nick Clegg says his upbringing was "privileged" but he was taught that "good fortune can never be assumed" and not to "judge people by their background".

     
  42.  
    1542:
    Nick Clegg

    This is the view from the back of the conference hall.

     
  43.  
    1541:

    There's applause as Nick Clegg says: "We're not here to prop up the two party system. We're here to bring it down."

     
  44.  
    1540:

    "We are no-one's little brother," Nick Clegg says. "We have... our own beliefs."

     
  45.  
    1539:

    Nick Clegg says his aim is "to get more Lib Dem MPs elected" and any future coalition would be up to the electorate.

     
  46.  
    1538:

    Nick Clegg talks about meeting Andy Murray along with David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He says the Wimbledon champion asked why the three leaders couldn't get on all the time.

     
  47.  
    1537:

    Nick Clegg calls on Lib Dems to "get out there to win the referendum in favour of keeping our nations together".

     
  48.  
    1535:

    "These are not days to build walls, they are days to bring them down, " Nick Clegg tells delegates. He says Lib Dems support more powers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

     
  49.  
    1534:

    The deputy PM says he is "unambiguously, unequivocally in favour" of Scotland remaining in the UK. The SNP doesn't have a monopoly on passion, he adds.

     
  50.  
    1532:

    Nick Clegg says democracy is "fragile" and must be defended.

     
  51.  
    1531:

    Nick Clegg has been on stage for half an hour now.

     
  52.  
    1530:

    On Syria, the deputy PM says the use of chemical weapons is "a war crime under international law" that needs to be stopped, but recognises that "Iraq casts a long shadow".

     
  53.  
    1530: Harry Cole, contributing editor of The Spectator

    tweets: Clegg has a point about the Labour manifesto, but what was promised before the election is hardly a strong point for him.

     
  54.  
    1529:

    Nick Clegg repeats the saying that the Lib Dems are the party of "in" and backs EU membership. "We cannot allow the right and UKIP" to lead to isolation, he says.

     
  55.  
    1528:
    Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg is speaking from behind a podium. Once this was normal, but these days he and other leaders often like to wander the stage while they speak.

     
  56.  
    1527:

    Nick Clegg addresses Labour: "You can wait for the British people to come back to you, but don't hold your breath."

     
  57.  
    1526:

    The Lib Dem leader accuses Labour of "lazily assuming that austerity would drive voters into their laps".

     
  58.  
    1525:

    Nick Clegg says he could say no to Labour ideas, but the party would have to produce "some actual policies" first.

     
  59.  
    1524:

    On the so-called "snoopers' charter", Nick Clegg says he "took months" to consult and concluded it was "right for the establishment but wrong for the people".

     
  60.  
    1523: Isabel Hardman, editor of the Spectator's Coffee House blog

    tweets: Hall isn't exactly rammed for Clegg's speech... #ldconf

     
  61.  
    1523:

    The deputy PM says Lib Dems "will keep this government green".

     
  62.  
    1522:

    Nick Clegg attacks Tory policies including "firing workers at will without any reason", regional pay, ditching the Human Rights Act, and boundary changes. He gets the loudest cheer yet.

     
  63.  
    1520:

    Nick Clegg jokes that Conservative backbench MPs' proposal for a Margaret Thatcher Day would mean the first bank holiday in Glasgow when "people would rather go to work".

     
  64.  
    1519:
    Danny Alexander and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez listen.

     
  65.  
    1517:

    Nick Clegg pays tribute to former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown as someone who spoke with "conviction and passion" and attracted him to "our party".

     
  66.  
    1517: Dawn Barnes, Lib Dem activist in Haringey

    tweets: @nick_clegg setting the scene for 2015 & envisaging next GE leader debates with Ed & Dave wanting to admit #iagreewithnick #ldconf

     
  67.  
    1515:

    Nick Clegg says that when he was young, "an incompetent Labour government was replaced by heartless Conservatives" and he wasn't attracted to either.

     
  68.  
    1514:

    Nick Clegg is careful to appear equidistant between the two other main parties. He recalls the "winter of discontent" under Labour and miners' strike under the Conservatives.

     
  69.  
    1514:
    Vince Cable

    Business Secretary Vince Cable listens to his leader.

     
  70.  
    1513:

    Nick Clegg says the Tories and Labour, "left to their own devices" would "both get it wrong".

     
  71.  
    1512:

    The deputy PM says the "clapped-out politics of blue-red" would "threaten everything we've achieved".

     
  72.  
    1511:

    Nick Clegg says "the absolute worst thing to do would be to give the keys to Number 10 to a single-party government".

     
  73.  
    1511:
    Nick Clegg

    Here's Nick Clegg's arrival on stage.

     
  74.  
    1510:

    Nick Clegg says "our government" has enabled "equal marriage at last".

     
  75.  
    1510:

    Nick Clegg gets a strong round of applause when he says the income tax bill has been cut by £700 and the poorest taken out of tax altogether.

     
  76.  
    1508: Tom Daplyn, student

    tweets: Nick clegg won't get my vote but he is a charismatic #libdemconf #Glasgow

     
  77.  
    1508: Steve Dawson

    tweets: Nicky Clegg desperately trying to sound upbeat #libdemconf

     
  78.  
    1508:

    Nick Clegg says the coalition has capped "crippling" cost of social care and introduced "simpler, fairer" pensions.

     
  79.  
    1507:

    The Lib Dems are a party of government now, Nick Clegg says.

     
  80.  
    1506:

    Nick Clegg says the party will be tested "a million more times "but the question mark over whether Lib Dems could handle government is gone.

     
  81.  
    1504:

    Clegg: "Economy growing stronger by the day. Stable, successful coalition."

     
  82.  
    1503:

    Clegg: "You saw the calm bit in the rose garden. What you didn't see was the chaos indoors."

     
  83.  
    1503:

    Nick Clegg recalls 2010 and "history in the making as a Liberal Democrat leader finally [walks] into the corridors of power" to find no furniture in his office.

     
  84.  
    1501:

    Nick Clegg takes to stage for his keynote speech.

     
  85.  
    1500: Ade Adeyemo

    tweets: Chief Whip @acarmichaelmp @LibDemConf: "We have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy" #ldconf

     
  86.  
    1459:

    Delegates are watching a video on the big screen ahead of Nick Clegg's speech, which is due to start in a moment.

     
  87.  
    1458: Nick Robinson Political editor

    Nick Clegg seems relaxed in private, as well as in private, at the moment. He's striding around looking pretty cheerful.

     
  88.  
    1455:

    Things are running a little late on stage. Not long now.

     
  89.  
    1454: William Jones, Lib Dem campaigner

    tweets: I am sure we can expect some humour and perhaps "rabbits out of hats" but will we get a "big idea" moment from Nick Clegg? #ldconf

     
  90.  
    1452: Lib Dem supporter Mel Gladwin

    tweets: "Can I be in charge of the music at #ldconf next year?"

     
  91.  
    1451: Nick Robinson Political editor

    The Lib Dems only have the support of about one in 12 voters, according to the polls, so Nick Clegg will have to persuade people that the country is better off with coalitions than would otherwise be the case.

     
  92.  
    1448: Nick Robinson Political editor

    Nick Clegg will have to persuade delegates that another coalition is a "healthy prospect" for the party and the country.

     
  93.  
    1447: Soraya Kishtwari, political reporter, PA

    tweets: #ldconf Party awards essentially end of school term style: recognition for outstanding performance, attendance, most improved mmbr #PAClegg

     
  94.  
    1446:

    While the leader's speech closes the event, Nick Clegg has made a number of appearances on stage this week. He held a Q&A session with delegates on Monday and contributed to a debate, when he was introduced as "Nick Clegg from Sheffield". He was even told off by the chair for overrunning the time limit on speeches.

     
  95.  
    1444: Rosie Miller

    tweets: If Miriam were leader and Nick the other half would his dress sense be analysed so?! #ldconf #quasifeministrants

     
  96.  
    1443:

    Councillor Gareth Epps, possibly the most-watched activist at this week's conference, with numerous appearances on stage, tells BBC Two's Daily Politics that Nick Clegg has to set out policies "rooted in Liberal Democrat values".

     
  97.  
    1442: Ben Matias

    tweets: I'm really sorry, don't know how it happened but the soundtrack to these awards seem to have been replaced with my Spotify playlist #LDConf

     
  98.  
    1440:

    The atmosphere is getting a bit more lively in the hall. About 10 minutes now.

     
  99.  
    1439: Stuart Brown

    tweets: "Don't stop believing" #ldconf

     
  100.  
    1438: Neil Christian, Lib Dem list candidate for NW England

    tweets: Awaiting @nick_clegg speach at #ldconf Great atmosphere in hall and amongst members.

     
  101.  
    1436: Stace

    tweets: "...but we'll draw a veil over that." Tim Farron mocking Jeremy Browne from the stage. #ldconf

     
  102.  
    1435:

    Before the big speech, there are some awards for party members. Some music reminiscent of the 1980s song Don't Stop Believin', by Journey, accompanies a group of recipients on their trot up to the stage.

     
  103.  
    1432: Chris Wiggin, Lib Dem staff

    tweets: I am the 23rd most influential #ldconf tweeter, apparently http://www.mhpc.com/public-affairs/party-conference-2013/liberal-

     
  104.  
    1431:

    Party president Tim Farron is opening the afternoon session, before the leader's speech. Expect a few "gags".

     
  105.  
    1431: Matthew Hulbert, Lib Dem Councillor

    tweets: Am not sorry to no longer be at #LDConf, not hearing the Leader's speech.

     
  106.  
    1430:
    Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

    Here they are. Nick and Miriam are in the building. Only about 20 minutes to go now.

     
  107.  
    1428: Daisy Benson, Lib Dem Councillor for Redlands

    tweets: Miriam Gonzalez Durantez looking stylish in red dress with blue belt #coalitionfashioncode #ldconf

     
  108.  
    1426: Politco Daily

    tweets: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg & his wife Miriam González Durántez arrive at the conference hall in Glasgow #ldconf

     
  109.  
    1425:

    Lib Dem MPs are taking their seats at the front, which have been reserved for them by name.

     
  110.  
    1425:

    Former leader Sir Menzies Campbell is spotted looking for his place in the conference hall, along with party president Tim Farron.

     
  111.  
    1424:

    Education minister David Laws denies that the pledge to provide free lunches for infant school pupils is a "Lib Dem hobby horse". He tells BBC Two's Daily Politics it is one of the party's key demands.

     
  112.  
    1420: Ryan Baldry, Conservative Campaign Headquarters intern

    tweets: @nick_clegg #ldconf speech is more important that we give it credit for. It's going to set the attitude for the remainder of this government.

     
  113.  
    1417:

    The conference hall is beginning to fill up ahead of Nick Clegg's big speech, with some keen party members getting in early for the best seats.

     
  114.  
    1414: Andrew Brown

    tweets: Queuing to get back onto floor of #ldconf for final session including #Clegg's speech! :-)

     
  115.  
    1413: James Harrison, policy officer at Universites Scotland

    tweets: Right near the front for Clegg's speech #ldconf pic.twitter.com/VbfOoEE7U

     
  116.  
    1411:

    A quick round-up of events so far today, before the last lunchtime fringe meetings of the conference draw to a close. This morning saw the final debates of the conference, with delegates supporting a motion criticising the anti-terror law under which David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist, was held last month. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore defended the "family" of Scotland and the rest of the UK in his conference speech. And delegates called for the Lib Dems to retain a distinct identity at the next election.

     
  117.  
    1359: James Brinning, Student

    tweets: #LDconf every year just looks so flat! Never seems like there's any energy or momentum there.

     
  118.  
    1346: Lib Dem activist Alex Smethurst

    tweets: Conference is now in a weird hiatus - we are united behind @nick_clegg but the speech will be an example of pompous manageralism #ldconf

     
  119.  
    1339:

    In a little while, it will be time for the Lib Dem party conference awards. This is a warm-up act for the main show: Mr Clegg's speech.

     
  120.  
    1325:

    Danny Alexander says the free school meals commitment is not the start of a pre-election "spending bonanza", telling the BBC it is an affordable policy and the party will clearly set out how the government will pay for it.

     
  121.  
    1321:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says Nick Clegg's message to activists will be - with a nod to former Liberal leader David Steel - to "go home to your constituencies and carry on in coalition". But he says it is not clear whether the public is as enthusiastic about coalition politics as Mr Clegg is.

     
  122.  
    1313: Inside Housing reporter Peter Apps

    tweets: Massive queue outside last fringe event at #LDconf with free food. Suspect many did not arrive to discuss employment law.

     
  123.  
    1311: Cornishview

    tweets: £600m on free school meals would have been much better spent elsewhere its a cheap #LibDem stunt. Needy kids get free meals anyway

     
  124.  
    1301:

    As Nick Clegg pores over the wording if his speech and prepares to take the traditional stroll for the cameras with wife Miriam, the Lib Dems enjoy their final lunch of the conference. The weather is set fair for the dash from the conference hall to the train station, and airport, later this afternoon.

     
  125.  
    1257:
    Michael Moore

    It's all a bit West Wing, as Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is immortalised in this black-and-white shot by Jeff J Mitchell.

     
  126.  
    1251: Lib Dem member Ali Goldsworthy

    tweets: "Had to leave #ldconf early. Spent hours waiting for a delayed plane at Glasgow airport. Preferable to glee club. I just do not understand it."

     
  127.  
    1249:
    Bob Russell

    Colchester MP Bob Russell has been wearing a Union Jack waistcoat to advertise his views on the Scottish independence question.

     
  128.  
    1245:

    And that's the end of the last debate of the conference. After lunch Nick Clegg will make his keynote speech to the party.

     
  129.  
    1244:

    Delegates back the amendment calling for protection of online freedoms, then pass the motion supporting the Human Rights Act.

     
  130.  
    1239:

    Lord McNally says the Lib Dems should have a manifesto commitment for the next election to retain the Human Rights Act.

     
  131.  
    1239:

    Lord McNally jokes: "I thought there was hope when the editor of the Daily Mail said Lord Leveson's report infringed his human rights."

     
  132.  
    1238:

    Justice Minister Lord McNally says: "So long as the Liberal Democrats are in government, there will be no repeal of the Human Rights Act." The act incorporates provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

     
  133.  
    1223:

    Hannah Bettsworth from Edinburgh South says: "If Britain were to water down its commitment to human rights, we would be viewed as hypocritical when standing up against human rights abuses worldwide."

     
  134.  
    1215:

    Jenny Woods from Reading is speaking in support of amendment one, which supports online freedoms and rights. She urges the party to "stand firm against the whims of authoritarian parties".

     
  135.  
    1211:

    Julian Huppert predicts that the future of the Human Rights Act will be "one of the big fights at the next election".

     
  136.  
    1210:

    Julian Huppert says "Conservatives and Eurosceptics" could force a reversal of "something we should be proud of, that Labour should be proud of, that the whole country should be proud of". The last Labour government introduced the Human Rights Act.

     
  137.  
    1207: Mehdi Hassan, Huffington Post UK's political director

    tweets: Outside media/conference bubble, what actually will change on ground between now & May 2015 to save the Lib Dems & their dire poll ratings?

     
  138.  
    1206:

    Cambridge MP Julian Huppert says "a lot of Conservatives are allergic to the word 'Europe'".

     
  139.  
    1205:

    It's on to the final debate of the morning, on human rights. The motion opposes "any attempt to repeal the Human Rights Act".

     
  140.  
    1203:

    Delegates overwhelmingly back amendments on the party's independence, and emphasising redistribution and welfare. They also pass the overall motion.

     
  141.  
    1202: Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times

    tweets: "Has Clegg really won over the LDs, or has he cleverly engineered a coup? How managerialism took over at #ldconf"

     
  142.  
    1201: George Eaton, editor of New Statesman blog

    tweets: I remember when some Lib Dems said their poll ratings would improve in coalition due to increased media coverage. More modest ambitions now.

     
  143.  
    1155:

    Deputy party leader Simon Hughes is backing the amendments calling for redistribution and emphasising welfare. Delegates applaud when he says that what is needed is not "more executive houses for the few... but affordable houses for the many".

     
  144.  
    1153: Steven Lambert, Lib Dem councillor for Coldharbour ward & Aylesbury West

    tweets: Superb speech on 2015 Manifesto themes by David Rendell of #Newbury!ibDems that electoral reform is essential to the country #LibDemConf

     
  145.  
    1149:

    Lord Greaves also recalls the unfulfilled Lib Dem aim of reform of Parliament's second chamber, calling his workplace the "disgracefully undemocratic House of Lords".

     
  146.  
    1148:

    Lib Dem peer Lord Greaves calls for a "a liberal view of the world in this manifesto" and says the Conservatives will offer "a really quite nasty combination of imperialism [and] just being rude to the rest of the world".

     
  147.  
    1142:

    Lord Greaves gets a few cheers and a round of applause as he is forced to sprint to the lectern, having missed his cue to wait nearer the stage. He sounds a little out of breath as he says the Conservatives will run for the next election on a policy of "imperialism".

     
  148.  
    1140:

    Jane Dodds from Montgomeryshire urges Nick Clegg to put "compassion" into the economic discussion.

     
  149.  
    1127:

    Jonathan Hunt from Camberwell and Peckham calls for "a return to traditional liberal beliefs... Keynes on economics, Lloyd George and Beveridge on welfare".

     
  150.  
    1120:

    The geographically aptly named Terry London from Barking and Dagenham opposes the motion, alleging that "this paper is littered with subsidies and incentives to motivate greed" and argues against too much economic intervention. He insists that "the government's role is not to run the economy".

     
  151.  
    1119:

    Former London Assembly member Mike Tuffrey, from Vauxhall, speaks of a "million Chinese consumers" and a "million Indian consumers". Bit of a slip on numbers there.

     
  152.  
    1118:

    There are three amendments tabled to the motion on the future Lib Dem manifesto. Amendment one wants to make clear that the party is independent. Amendment two emphasises "the redistribution of work and reward" . And number three supports "providing a welfare system that adequately supports and empowers disadvantaged people".

     
  153.  
    1116: Isabel Oakeshott, political editor of The Sunday Times

    tweets: Arguably most important thing that's happened #LibDemconf is a collapse in Vince Cable's share price. Widespread anti Cable muttering

     
  154.  
    1111: Lib Dem councillor Dave Howarth

    tweets: "Blimey @MichaelMooreMP's speech is the moment of conference. Clegg's going to have go some to top it!"

     
  155.  
    1109:

    Kelly-Marie Blundell from Guildford says the Lib Dems have "grown in maturity and resilience" if "not in membership".

     
  156.  
    1105: Clay Disarray

    tweets: Lib Dems could offer everyone gold bullion for all the good it will do

     
  157.  
    1104:

    Linda Jack, from Mid Bedfordshire, is moving amendment one, which states that "despite the current coalition agreement the Liberal Democrats remain an independent political party with its own policy making process". She says she wants "boundaries and a framework", if not actual "red lines" for any future coalition.

     
  158.  
    1100:

    David Laws insists that the Lib Dems will be an "independent and distinctive political force" and adds: "We are not writing a coalition manifesto; we are writing a Liberal Democrat manifesto."

     
  159.  
    1059:

    David Laws talks of an "enabling state" rather than a "meddling" one. "We don't want the Whitehall screwdriver reaching down to every school and every hospital."

     
  160.  
    1058:

    Education minister David Laws pledges that the pupil premium for 2014 will be £935 for eligible secondary school pupils and £1,300 for primary school pupils.

     
  161.  
    1057:

    David Laws says he has always been "proud" of his party but wonders what inhabitants in the towns where its conferences take place "make of our particular political tribe".

     
  162.  
    1056:

    Next is a debate on the economy, which is intended to inform the party's next manifesto. Education minister David Laws, who chairs the "manifesto group", is opening the discussion.

     
  163.  
    1050:

    Delegates give Michael Moore a standing ovation as he ends his speech with: "One party, one family, one United Kingdom."

     
  164.  
    1049: Roger Stewart

    tweets: Rather like their rhetoric on the Coalition, Moore says the Lib Dems will "keep this family together". #ScottishReferendum

     
  165.  
    1049:

    "We will lead the way in delivering home rule, and home rule will deliver for Scotland," says secretary of state Michael Moore.

     
  166.  
    1048:

    Michael Moore says Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond "likes to meet with the great and the good of China but will not meet with the Dalai Lama".

     
  167.  
    1044:

    "Our party must fight for a liberal Scotland. The SNP is no liberal party," says Michael Moore.

     
  168.  
    1043: Norman Smith, BBC politcal correspondent

    tweets: "Lib Dem Bob Russell wearing an 'interesting' Union Jack waist coat for Scotland debate"

     
  169.  
    1042: Gloria De Piero, Labour MP

    tweets: Labour introduced free school meals in Hull in 2004. When Lib dems won control of council they scrapped them Free school meals scheme scrapped

     
  170.  
    1041:

    Scots should not have to "choose between Scottishness and Britishness and become less than we are now", argues Michael Moore.

     
  171.  
    1038:

    The Scottish secretary's speech comes one year to the day before Scotland's referendum on independence, due on 18 September 2014.

     
  172.  
    1036: Labour Party member James West

    tweets: "#ldconf as popular with members as the party itself is with the wider electorate, judging from the live-feed from conference hall #ghosttown"

     
  173.  
    1034:

    Michael Moore begins his speech talking about the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden between Scotland and England. He describes himself as a "Borderer and a Scot" but also "British, and I am proud of that too".

     
  174.  
    1031:

    Conference passes the motion on legal aid, which calls for more consultation before further cuts are made and questions price-competitive tendering for criminal defence services. Next is a speech by Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore.

     
  175.  
    1030: Mehdi Hassan, Huffington Post UK's political director

    To misquote John Kerry, the Lib Dems were against free school meals before they were for it: Lib Dems In Southwark Had Campaigned Against Free School Meals

     
  176.  
    1028:

    Julian Huppert MP says the success of legal aid cannot be measured in millions of pounds spent. "The test is about the justice it delivers and the benefits it gives us all."

     
  177.  
    1021: Labour MP Emily Thornberry

    tweets: There seem to be 15 people at #libdemconf for debates on civil liberties and #legalaid pic.twitter.com/jc6BtPutZm

     
  178.  
    1020:

    From Brian Wheeler, in Glasgow: A few sore heads about the conference centre this morning after last night's Glee Club festivities. This is where Lib Dem members get together to sing satirical songs about Nick Clegg and co long into the night. For non-party members it's an event to be seen once and never forgotten. No matter how hard you try.

     
  179.  
    1017: Left-wing blog Political Scrapbook

    tweets: "Clegg free school meal policy slammed as 'the worst kind of redistribution' by Lib Dem councillors"

     
  180.  
    1015:
    Evander Holyfield

    From Brian Wheeler, in Glasgow: The evening fringe had a bit of heavyweight competition last night. Dazed Liberal Democrats found themselves mingling with fight fans at the Marriott Hotel. A bit of culture clash...

     
  181.  
    1013: Vincent Moss, Sunday Mirror political editor

    tweets: Preferred last #libdemconf I went to in glasgow in 95? when they voted to abolish the queen and legalise cannabis. Decent story days.

     
  182.  
    1012:

    Cllr Mark Gettleson from Bermondsey and Old Southwark attacks the coalition's legal aid changes. "These plans are not about savings or efficiency," he says. "It's pure politics."

     
  183.  
    1003: Norman Smith, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Children's Society says free school meals "marks an historic step forward in the fight against child poverty." #ldconf

     
  184.  
    0958: Comedian Jack Dee

    tweets: "Watching conference live. Like a rolling audition for budget remake of Lord Of The Rings."

     
  185.  
    0955: Guardian chief politcal correspondent Nick Watt

    tweets: Jeremy Browne to #ldconf: right to detain people at ports + airports but need to strike balance between liberty + security

     
  186.  
    0954: Tim Sculthorpe, Press Association Parliament reporter

    tweets: "After what feels like many weeks, it's the final morning of #ldconf. My brain remains scarred by a brief visit to the Glee Club."

     
  187.  
    0951:

    Justice Minister Lord McNally, who defended the government's legal aid changes before a sometimes hostile House of Lords, tells the Lib Dems they need to face some "hard facts". He opposes the motion.

     
  188.  
    0947:

    The motion calls for no further cuts to legal aid provision without more assessment and consultation. It also attacks "price-competitive tendering of criminal defence services".

     
  189.  
    0941:

    Delegates approve the motion criticising anti-terrorism laws and calling for more safeguards. The second emergency debate is on legal aid.

     
  190.  
    0940: Norman Smith, BBC politcal correspondent

    tweets: "Free school meals 'welcome' but do not 'atone' for Lib Dem backed cuts to child benefit, FE and tripling tuiton fees say [teachers' union] @nasuwt"

     
  191.  
    0940:

    The big news of the week was Nick Clegg's announcement last night that all infant school school pupils in England will get free lunches from September next year, irrespective of family income. We will be monitoring the ongoing reaction to that as the day progresses.

     
  192.  
    0934:

    Home Office minister Jeremy Browne gets applause when he attacks the poster vans telling illegal immigrants to leave the UK. "I and we didn't agree those vans... they've gone and we won't be agreeing any proposals to bring them back."

     
  193.  
    0929:

    Lib Dem member Maajid Nawaz is a co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, which describes itself as "challenging extremism". Before that he was a member of Islamic political group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

     
  194.  
    0926:

    Maajid Nawaz from Camden says he has been detained under Schedule 7. He says he asked what had happened to civil liberties and was told that "these rights have been legislated away because of terrorism".

     
  195.  
    0924:

    David Goodall from Eastleigh opposes the motion. He argues that David Miranda's detention was right and that he was in possession of "stolen documents".

     
  196.  
    0922:

    Zoe O'Connell of Cambridge backs the motion, which calls for new safeguards including a requirement for greater grounds of suspicion before people can be detained. She says David Miranda "was not a terrorist... He was not even trying to enter the UK."

     
  197.  
    0919:

    The motion being debated criticises Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to stop and search passengers at ports and airports. The law was used recently to detain David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.

     
  198.  
    0915:
    Nick Clegg model

    Interest in this little fella has been high all week. A 3D model of Nick Clegg has drawn crowds in the exhibition hall at the conference centre. Only just over five and a half hours until the man himself speaks.

     
  199.  
    0911:

    "It's a bit of a bum steer to the get the nine o'clock slot," jokes Sarah Ludford MEP to a more than half-empty hall as she takes the stage for the first of the day's debates. Quite a lot of party members may be having a lie-in after last night's end of conference celebrations.

     
  200.  
    0907:

    Nick Clegg will, we are told, speak about his background more than he usually does. He will say he has been on a journey of struggle and enlightenment and that the Lib Dems have done the same and are now a respectable party of government. But some are more jittery, worrying about consistently low poll ratings and falling membership. Business Secretary Vince Cable has been characterised as a "Jeremiah" for querying the true level of economic recovery, yet his comments resonate with many Lib Dems. It's time for Mr Clegg to accentuate the positive.

     
  201.  
    0904:

    Is Cleggmania about to make a comeback? The economy looks to be improving and the leader of the Liberal Democrats is looking to take his - and his party's - share of the credit when he delivers his closing speech to close the conference in Glasgow. The pain of the last three years has all been worth it, he will tell the watching world. But will delegates be in the mood for partying like it's late April 2010 once again, come mid-afternoon? Let's see.

     
  202.  
    0900:

    It's the fifth and final day of the Liberal Democrat conference. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is due to address delegates at 10:30 BST. The day begins though with debates on two emergency motions, on terrorism and legal aid.

     

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