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LIB DEM LEADER'S VISION OF AN 'OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY'

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The Liberal Democrats should be the 'voice for those disadvantaged by the Tories, and let-down by Labour', party le...
The Liberal Democrats should be the 'voice for those disadvantaged by the Tories, and let-down by Labour', party leader Menzies Campbell said today.

Outlining the party's plans to tackle poverty, he said the benefits system needed to be 'simplified' with the number of benefits cut from 50 to 25.

'The existing benefits systm is a mess. Regressive taxes such as council tax need replacing. Without council tax, we can get rid of the bureaucratic nightmare of council tax benefit.'

Mr Campbell said the Lib Dems would have, 'as a first step, an immediate link' between pensions and earnings to be partly financed by 'less extravagant public sector pension commitments.'

Greater priority must be given to investment in affordable housing.

'The failure to deliver on affordable housing has been a major failure of Labour's 10 years in power.'

Mr Campbell's full speech

The party yesterday announced changes to its shadow cabinet. Former local government spokesman Ed Davey becomes Mr Campbell's chief of staff.

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