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Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Ehshan Veerabangsa
Image © [caption id="attachment_3477" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Winning Here? © divinenephron"][/caption] As the conference season gets underway today. Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas will directly address disillusioned Liberal Democrats during her keynote speech this afternoon, in an attempt to persuade a switch of allegiances. She is expected to argue that the coalition’s junior partner have failed to deliver on key manifesto pledges. "The Lib Dems aren't getting what they want, but they're helping the Tories give the rest of us things we don't want, and never voted for, like privatisation of the NHS, cuts in services and £9,000 tuition fees." There is already evidence that some of the more progressive members of the Lib Dems have already made the switch. Former member, and prospective Green Party Councillor Alexis Rowell criticised the Liberals shift to a more free market and libertarian philosophy in a recent letter to party leader Nick Clegg. However, such a change has seemingly long been on the cards, after the publication of The Orange Book in 2004. Seen at the time as attempt to woo those on the left of the Tory party, it is no coincidence that key Lib Dem member of the cabinet also co-authored the book. Whether or not Mrs Lucas will be successful in her plea, we could soon be seeing a fundamental shift in the composition of Liberal Democrats voters.

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Lib Dem voters: Orange or Green

Winning Here? © divinenephron

As the conference season gets underway today. Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas will directly address disillusioned Liberal Democrats during her keynote speech this afternoon, in an attempt to persuade a switch of allegiances. She is expected to argue that the coalition’s junior partner have failed to deliver on key manifesto pledges.

“The Lib Dems aren’t getting what they want, but they’re helping the Tories give the rest of us things we don’t want, and never voted for, like privatisation of the NHS, cuts in services and £9,000 tuition fees.”

There is already evidence that some of the more progressive members of the Lib Dems have already made the switch. Former member, and prospective Green Party Councillor Alexis Rowell criticised the Liberals shift to a more free market and libertarian philosophy in a recent letter to party leader Nick Clegg.

However, such a change has seemingly long been on the cards, after the publication of The Orange Book in 2004. Seen at the time as attempt to woo those on the left of the Tory party, it is no coincidence that key Lib Dem member of the cabinet also co-authored the book. Whether or not Mrs Lucas will be successful in her plea, we could soon be seeing a fundamental shift in the composition of Liberal Democrats voters.

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