'LIB-DEMS NOT IN THE MIDDLE'

Lymington Times – 5 October 1996

Desmond Swayne, my colleague in New Forest West, has done a public service in drawing to the notice of your readers (28 September) some of the dangerous policies of the Liberal Democrats.

Most people who vote for them wrongly assume that Liberal Democrat policies lie midway between those of the Conservatives and those of Labour. In general, however, they lie far closer to Labour's – and, in many cases, well to the Left of them.

Here are some examples of what they say on the crucial issue of preserving British sovereignty against domination by Europe:

A month after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the Liberal Democrat Party Conference voted to slash our Defence Budget by half within ten years. Liberal Democrat Conferences have also voted in favour of legalising cannabis, prostitution, brothels and the supplying of contraceptive pills to girls as young as 11. None of these extremist policies currently features on Labour's agenda; but who knows what Mr Blair might have to concede as the price of Lib-Dem support for Labour in any "hung" Parliament after a General Election?

Dr JULIAN LEWIS
Prospective Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
New Forest East