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  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10791249/LibDems-told-to-expect-to-lose-all-MEPs-in-Euro-elections-bloodbath.html Senior Liberal Democrats have privately been warned that the party could be left with no MEPs after next month’s European Parliament elections. Senior party figures were warned that the party’s electoral unpopularity meant that the party was facing seeing its 11 MEPs lose all their seats. The warning came at a meeting of the party's hierarchy including Lord Ashdown, the former party leader who is coordinating the party’s election campaign. Numbered briefing documents were handed out at the meeting, which warned that no MEPs after the election was now a realistic option. The party looks set to do much worse than in the same polls in 2009, when it was left with 11 MEPs and won 2.1million votes or 14 per cent of the vote. One insider told The Daily Telegraph “it is looking like an absolute bloodbath”. Party sources are warning of a “cratering” of support across the country, with the vote in the East Midlands, for example, forecast to fall from 130,000 to 13,000. The informal forecasts echo polling which consistently puts the LibDems in a distant fourth behind the UK Independence Party, Labour and the Conservatives. Tim Farron, the party president, admitted there was a "price to pay" for facing mid-term elections as a governing party. Mr Farron told Sky News’ Murnaghan programme: “These are the first Liberal mid-terms since Lloyd George’s day and of course there’s a price to pay but I’d rather be in a position making a difference, making the economy stronger.” Asked if the LibDems could hang onto the party’s 11 MEPs, he said: “Any electoral system however fair it is or not is fairly unpredictable as to what will come out in terms of how many seats will come out of the end of it.” A LibDem spokesman said: "The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting for British jobs and Britain's place in Europe. "No doubt these elections will be tough as we have had to take a lot of difficult decisions in the national interest since the last European elections. "But we are standing up for what we believe in and are confident that people will support us in large numbers for doing so." A party source added: "The idea we will lose all our MEPs is nonsense. No doubt we'll take a hit compared to 2009, especially in areas where we are not traditionally strong, but we will do well where we work hard as we have in every election since 2010." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10791249/LibDems-told-to-expect-to-lose-all-MEPs-in-Euro-elections-bloodbath.html If this turns out to be the case surely Clegg will be in no position to carry on as leader of the LimpDumbs and a General Election will be the outcome? Or maybe im just desperate for Ed Balls to be in charge of the nations finances.
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