FROM THE CONFERENCE: Lib Dems getting ready to fight them on the beaches
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Liberal Democrats started their day with a litter pick on Bournemouth beach. The potential for analogies was not lost.
We'll fight them on the beaches, one Lib Dem said.
The less kind made utterances about clearing up the mess of electoral annihilation.
But gone is the responsibility of power.
There were far less suits and troubled looking MPs.
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Those who once trawled the corridors of Westminster were skipping down the corridors of the Bournemouth International Centre looking 10 years younger freed from the shackles of mounds of constituency work and long hours away from home.
But amid the jubilations, there were serious discussions.
- 1 Brother and sister found dead in their home are named
- 2 Reward of £20,000 offered after theft of performance car worth £150,000
- 3 When are GCSE and A-level results out and how fair will grades be?
- 4 Man jailed for stealing underwear and sex toy from village house
- 5 'It did not deliver': Glamping site vows to improve after guests hit out
- 6 Villagers in shock after woman dies in suspected murder
- 7 Woman admits causing deaths of Norfolk couple in road crash
- 8 'She loved planting flowers' - Tributes left at home of woman found dead
- 9 Norwich City transfer rumours: Talks held with United full-back
- 10 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in village
Should the Lib Dem slogan advocate a more equal economy? How many expensive policies could they advocate now they are in opposition?
Leader Tim Farron bounded across the stage to tell activists he was not a home-wrecker for Labour, before advocating an open door policy for disillusioned reds.
And in a sort of therapy-style session he sympathised with a 15-year-old who told hundreds of fellow Lib Dems he was the only political nerds in his politics class.
Members nodded in agreement.
But the biggest revelation of the day came when the leader revealed that the person he would most like to meet in the world was his teenage pin-up Wendy Smith from 1980s band Prefab Sprout. Mr Farron revealed that in a bid to match leadership rival Norman Lamb's superstar endorsement from Dappy, he had contacted the singer to ask for her support. Far from a Lib Dem wake, it was back to the good old days.