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I would have thought that those who were going to leave the Liberal Democrats, have already done so. The effect of joining the coalition has been bad, in electoral terms, but not as catastrophic as some political opponents hope.

The party overall has been weakened, but I am not (at the national level) seeing the shredding process, which tore apart the Liberal Party between the World Wars.

Then you had cross-cutting schisms, with the Asquith-Lloyd George division of the 1920s giving way to a three way factional split in the 1930s (mainstream Liberals, Liberal Nationals and the Lloyd George family group). There were members of all these groups who ended up going left, right or forward. For example of Lloyd George's MP children, Gwilym ended up as a Conservative and Megan as a Labour MP.

by Gary J on Wed Aug 8th, 2012 at 02:29:53 AM EST
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There were figures earlier this week that membership had fallen by 25% over the last 12 months

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Aug 8th, 2012 at 01:34:04 PM EST
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Less shredding than the interwar period is not wholly optimistic...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Aug 8th, 2012 at 01:41:40 PM EST
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The problem is that, with FPP still in place, ANY losses relegate the Lib-Dems to level two.  They had to play for PR or something closer to it to hold on, but Clegg punted it away.
by rifek on Wed Aug 29th, 2012 at 01:49:06 PM EST
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