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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/polit...ts-1791489.html

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg faced a major test of his authority tonight as his own frontbenchers stepped up criticism of his plans for public spending cuts.

One senior Lib Dem MP even suggested Mr Clegg had still to prove himself as leader and needed to listen more to activists' concerns.

Delegates at the party's annual conference in Bournemouth have been alarmed by his talk of "savage" cuts and the possible need to ditch the promise to abolish tuition fees.

In a barely-veiled critique of Mr Clegg's strategy this week, work and pensions spokesman Steve Webb said: "I think we have overdone the despair."

He added that the party would not win votes by being "too much hair-shirt" and bluntly opposed a move to means-test child tax credits - as suggested by Mr Clegg.

Lib Dem environment spokesman Martin Horwood became the latest MP to cross Mr Clegg over tuition fees, insisting the policy to scrap them should be made "stronger and clearer".

His comments were loudly applauded by delegates in the conference hall. Charles Kennedy, the popular former leader, has also raised concerns about the move.

Vince Cable, the party's highly-respected Treasury spokesman, was also angrily confronted by senior colleagues about his tax reform proposals today.

Frontbenchers have admitted publicly that they were not consulted about yesterday's announcement of a new "mansion tax" on properties worth more than £1 million.

According to The Times, Mr Cable was told by one that the policy was "complete codswallop".

Mr Clegg was not in attendance and his office declined to comment on what it described as a private meeting of the parliamentary party.

Senior Lib Dem MP Evan Harris used an address to the conference hall to state Mr Clegg had not yet proved himself as a "great" leader.

"I think Nick is a really great guy and a good leader," he said.

"But good Liberal Democrat leaders only become great leaders, as they all do, when they recognise it's the party that makes the policy.

It appears the delegates have been upset by reality. Sounds more like they would be happier listening to the idiot in No10, he appears to be the delusional leader they seek.

Speak the truth about the economic fundamentals and people don't like it.

Happy clappy pills all round I think.

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It appears the delegates have been upset by reality. Sounds more like they would be happier listening to the idiot in No10, he appears to be the delusional leader they seek.

Speak the truth about the economic fundamentals and people don't like it.

Happy clappy pills all round I think.

Clegg is still the man for the overprivileged (which is ironic set against the man of the overprivileged leading another party).

They've been reaffirming a goal of taking all tax off property and loading it on to income. In other words, if you're born to privilege we'll help you to keep it, but if you try to improve yourself by hard work we'll tax you to oblivion.

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Clegg is still the man for the overprivileged (which is ironic set against the man of the overprivileged leading another party).

They've been reaffirming a goal of taking all tax off property and loading it on to income. In other words, if you're born to privilege we'll help you to keep it, but if you try to improve yourself by hard work we'll tax you to oblivion.

It will always be thus in a country with an alive and well class system

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Sounds like the party's getting a bit worried they could actually get into power.

Hey, steady on! Did you forget your prozac?

Sad thing is, I could almost have voted for Campbell's libdems. Not a chance under the current idiot.

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It appears the delegates have been upset by reality. Sounds more like they would be happier listening to the idiot in No10, he appears to be the delusional leader they seek.

Speak the truth about the economic fundamentals and people don't like it.

Happy clappy pills all round I think.

Maybe they have finally noticed that Clegg is an odious unelectable little shite with a stupid surname.

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