The Liberal Democrats have just had their worst council elections in living memory. Their share of the vote in the EU elections fell by 7-13% and they only managed to elect one MEP out of 70 across the UK. Catherine Bearder was the only elected MEP for South East England last night. This disastrous campaign for the EU election is coupled with the Liberal Democrats loosing 250 councillors at the local elections. Overall The Lib Dems have lost 11 MEPS
Many people would suggest Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats downfall is due the to Conservative mandate his party have supported during the last four years. It can be put forward that many of its voters have left the party due to the Liberals support for the bedroom tax. The bedroom tax debate which was motioned by Labour saw the Liberal Democrat benches virtually empty. The liberal Democrats also voted against a vote vetoed by Labour to help families living from foodbanks. The Liberal Democrats also spoke out against Ed Miliband who has proposed to tackle the big six energy companies for charging high prices and ripping off customers with complicated tariffs.
Nick Clegg has stated that it has not crossed his mind to resign. He has stated that the results are a, 'huge setback'. Furthermore, Clegg has stated that UKIP does not offer the answers to the UK'S problems.
Speaking today on Sky News, Helen Flynn, liberal democrat parliamentary spokeswoman has said that Nick Clegg has to answer for his results. She stresses that Nick Clegg needs to be accountable. She has also commented saying that on her campaign ground in Harrogate he does not go down well with the electorate on the doorstep. Helen stressed that Nick Clegg seriously needs to look at his position after loosing 11 Meps.
Ultimately Nick Clegg's Pro Eu stance has not gone down well with the electorate nationally. The Liberal Democrats lost 9 councillors in Manchester to the Labour Party and lost hold of their council in Kingston and Surbiton to the conservatives. Some would suggest his approach to the EU debate has not been strong enough and he is not the best person to make a pro European argument.
Mr Pugh, the MP for Southport, said on BBC news that the party is underestimating the difficulties it was in and there was an "overwhelming" case for Mr Clegg's future to be discussed. He stated that "We have just lost 72% of the council seats we were defending and 91% of the Euro seats,"
"The vast majority of the UK this morning is without Lib Dem representation at any level. If that does not prompt a serious, sharp review focussed view both of strategy and leadership, then whatever will!
"Orders just to press on regardless are genuinely of Somme-like insanity."
A large percentage of the The Liberal Democrats demographic is young however a large percentage of their young vote has disintegrated because of the Liberals tripling of tuition fees.
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