He said councils should gain a power of general competence, while the European Union's power of near general competence should go.
He called for proportional representation for council elections. 'I think it an absolute disgrace that any party should enjoy 92% of the seats on only 46% of the vote. I refer to the democratically intolerable administration of Liberal Democrat representation on Richmond LBC.'
Mr Ashdown repeated his party's outright opposition to capping and support for financial independence for councils. However, he made no reference to local income tax.