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Day 4 at the Lib Dem conference

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

When I arrived this morning at the SECC in Glasgow, the venue for this year’s Liberal Democrat conference, the Schools Minister David Laws was striding back and forth across the foyer, a mobile phone clamped to his ear. His countenance and general demeanour were those of a happy man—the day before, delegates had voted, albeit by an exceptionally narrow margin, not to reintroduce the 50p tax rate. This was a victory for Nick Clegg and his supporters (though, as several commentators have pointed out, Laws and others on the “Orange Book,” economically liberal, wing of the party would like to…

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