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LIB DEMS LAUNCH OFFENSIVE INTO LABOUR'S NORTHERN HEARTLAND

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Liberal Democrat president, Charles Kennedy, kicked off the party's local election campaign today with a target to ...
Liberal Democrat president, Charles Kennedy, kicked off the party's local election campaign today with a target to increase power and influence throughout Britain.

Mr Kennedy said: 'We are launching our campaign with a pledge, that any votes we win, any power or influence we are given by the people will be used to provide high quality services, accountable local government and value for money.

'Our manifesto lays down the principles for local government. The principles are based on a record in local government of which we are proud. We are applying those policies in the inner cities and people like the results. We have a strong record on local services and value for money.

Above all we give local people a chance to take decisions and rebuild Britain's local democracy.'

Diana Maddock MP said the real battle would be to win the Labour heartland in the North: 'This May the Liberal Democrats are likely to become the main opposition to Labour in the North, in the same way that we are the main opposition to the Conservatives in the South.'
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