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CLEGG BACKS THE BEDROOM TAX AND CLAIMS HIS TROOPS ARE WINNERS; THE LIB DEMS IN DUNDEE..

DELUDED Nick Clegg defended the bedroom tax yesterday - while insisting the Lib Dems are on the up in Scotland.

The Deputy PM buried his head in the sand at the Scottish conference in Dundee despite a new poll showing his party are facing electoral wipeout.

The survey of marginal constituencies showed the party would be left with only two constituencies north of the Border after a general election - their Orkney and Shetland stronghold and Charles Kennedy's Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat.

The poll highlighted Scots' anger at the Lib Dems for joining up with the Tories in Westminster.

They have helped vote through brutal welfare cuts and a range of other right-wing policies.

Campaigners picketed the conference over the bedroom tax, which will see 100,000 Scots in social housing lose benefits.

But challenged by the Record, Clegg said: "At the moment there are many people who receive housing benefit and rent properties in the private sector who have to rent properties depending on how much money they get.

"In a sense, we are just asking people in the social rented sector to do exactly the same thing."

Clegg also insisted the Lib Dems can still thrive in Scotland. He said: "We've had our ups and downs but every time the critics have written us off, we have confounded them."

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