Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lib-Dems in Bournemouth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lib-Dems in Bournemouth

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IN THE AIR MaDaM FU YING will slip into bournemouth a few hours before Nick Clegg's keynote conference speech on Wednesday. Her mission: to report back to beijing on key government players in britain with the prospect of a coalition next spring. The presence of China's ambassador to britain is the latest sign that the lib-Dems are being taken more seriously.

The People's Party is not alone in wishing to influence the lib-Dems, with the ambassador speaking at a fringe event on China's role amid global changes. The british nuclear industry has sent a team to the lion's den to defend a new generation of nuclear power stations, a policy vehemently opposed by many lib-Dems. Venture capitalists and supermarket executives will also appear. Overall, the number of exhibitors has not risen from just over 70. but sniffing the chance of power sharing, some 6,000 delegates are expected to flock to the rally -- more than last year.

ups and dOWns going places: lib-Dem chief whip Paul burstow leading calls to tackle the second homes scandal. …

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