Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has predicted the Liberal Democrats will ‘bounce back’ from the disastrous General Election.
He said the Lib Dems will be able to fill a ‘chasm’ in the centre ground of British politics to win back voters.
The former deputy prime minister, who quit as Lib Dem leader after the mauling in May which reduced them to just eight MPs, insisted there was still a lot of ‘goodwill’ towards the party after its ‘darkest hour’.
He told the party’s conference in Bournemouth that the actions of David Cameron governing without the constraints of coalition and Labour’s election of Jeremy Corbyn left a ‘great big liberal-sized hole’ to fill in British politics.
Mr Clegg acknowledged that attempting to appeal to the centre ground had failed during the General Election campaign, which saw the party lose 48 MPs.
But he added: “In that huge chasm between a self-serving Tory government and a far-left Labour opposition lies our great opportunity.
“Because - as dawn follows the darkest hour - there is now space in British politics for a great fightback by the most resilient political party of our times, the Liberal Democrats.”