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South East Lib Dem conference hailed as 'most successful ever'

October 29, 2010 5:06 PM

Liberal Democrats in the South East are celebrating their most successful conference ever. The event, held on Saturday 23rd October in Eastbourne, attracted more than 300 delegates and featured high profile speakers like Vince Cable MP, Norman Baker MP and Simon Hughes MP.

"It is great to see the party flourishing across the South East." says Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable. "Following on from our hugely successful national conference in Liverpool in September, our regional conference in Eastbourne has attracted a record number of delegates and is our most successful ever.

"There is real enthusiasm for the Lib Dem message across Sussex, Kent and Surrey, and I'm committed to working hard alongside fellow Lib Dem MPs and councillors in the region to get the best deal possible for local people in this tough financial climate."

Transport Minister, and South East MP, Norman Baker adds: "We've all heard the prophesies of doom from our opponents, but we could see at our conference that our party is going from strength to strength. Our membership is up across the country and we're winning by-elections in our area.

"We've gained and held seats in places like Burgess Hill, Seaford and Mole Valley in recent months, and we're all looking forward to making big strides forward next year's by winning more council seats, and getting a yes vote in the referendum to make our voting system fairer."

Regional Policy Officer Antony Hook said, "Policy was extensively and constructively discussed at this Conference. We had two useful open debates on how the coalition can make a success of the next 5 years and on the issue of tuition fees. The sessions with leading MPs like Vince Cable and Simon Hughes were also policy centred and I know that these parliamentarians left the conference with a strong insight into what South East Lib Dem members feel on current issues and what people in our local areas are saying to us."