LibDem former director of policy Richard Grayson said "most Lib Dem members have more in common with their counterparts in the Labour party and the Greens than with their own leadership."
Grayson, who was director of policy between 1999 and 2004, and until October a vice-chairman on the party's federal policy committee, says the divisive issue of tuition fees should make ordinary Lib Dems "sit up and think".
Grayson, a history professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, adds: "Most of the party defines itself as being 'centre-left', so how did the party end up so badly split on an issue which has previously united it? This split stems not just from a different approach to fees, but from a wider division between centre-left and centre-right liberals. Those on the right generally favour privatised and marketised policies. On the left, we really do take the view that 'we are all in it together'."
A poll in the Sunday Telegraph suggested that just 54% of those who voted Lib Dem in May planned to back the party at the next general election!
Richard Grayson is professor of 20th-century history at Goldsmiths, University of London and a former director of policy for the Liberal Democrats
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