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Nick Clegg Says Lib Dems 'Should Feel Proud'
Nick Clegg will deliver his most personal speech yet at the Liberal Democrat conference in a bid to firm up support ahead of the next election.
He is expected to rally supporters by telling them they should be "proud" of what the party has achieved in government.
The Deputy Prime Minister will draw on his own background to explain why he is committed to social mobility and helping families.
He will say: "My upbringing was privileged: home counties; private school; Cambridge University. I had a lot of opportunities.
"But I also had two parents who were determined that my brothers, my sister and I knew how lucky we were. On both sides, their families had experienced huge upheavals.
"My Dutch mother had spent much of her childhood in a prisoner of war camp.
"My dad's Russian mother had come to England after her family lost everything in the Russian revolution.
"And now, as a father with three children at school, I have come to understand even more clearly than before that, if we want to live in a society where everyone has a fair chance to live the life they want - and to bounce back from misfortune too - then education is the key."
For Mr Clegg, it is family policy that divides the Lib Dems and the Tories.
The Deputy Prime Minister agreed the Conservatives could announce a tax break for married couples as long as the Lib Dems could spend a similar amount of money elsewhere, choosing to do so on free school meals for children under the age of seven.
Admitting that being a Liberal Democrat voter is often a lonely road, he will argue the party's recent struggles have been worth it.
"Every insult we have had to endure since we entered Government, every snipe, every bad headline, every blow to our support - that was all worth it, because we are turning Britain around," he is expected to say.
He will also emphasise he is prepared to strike a deal with either David Cameron or Ed Miliband after the next election.
He will say: "Whether or not we have another coalition is determined by the British people - not me, not you, the people.
"And if that happens, only their votes can tell us what combination of parties carries the greatest legitimacy."
The Liberal Democrats are considered to have had a successful conference, aside from the tensions between Vince Cable and the leadership.
But Mr Clegg's allies are aware the polls still look dismal for the party.
Internal polling reveals three out of four voters would never consider supporting the Lib Dems.