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Lib Dem leader calls for leap of faith.

Summary: Nick Clegg has urged voters to take a "leap of faith" with the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg has urged voters to take a "leap of faith" with the Liberal Democrats.

The leader of Britain's third party appealed for people to "take a chance on change" in his keynote speech to the party's spring conference in Harrogate.

Mr Clegg said it was going to be a "long, slow climb" out of the economic crisis.

But he went on: "I promise you this - we can help today, and we can give hope for the future as long as we do things differently.

"We have an opportunity if we are brave enough to seize it. There is a better life if we take a chance on change."

He admitted people had concerns about the Lib Dems being "too young" and "too idealistic", but added: "I've heard these doubts and I say, take a leap of faith.

"There is hope. You have everything to gain because we will do things differently. A never-ending cycle of red-blue, blue-red government has got us into this mess - it is never going to get us out."

Mr Clegg promised tax cuts, quoting US President Barack Obama on the need for taxes to be kept low for ordinary families through the economic turmoil.

He called for the failed banks, part-owned by the taxpayer, to be taken into full public control on a temporary basis.

And he demanded that the directors of those banks at the time of their collapse to be immediately disqualified from sitting on the boards of companies, saying: "I wouldn't trust these directors with my sons' piggy bank, let alone a global financial institution."

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