Nick Clegg's Lib Dem party conference speech - 2012
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Time in speech (minutes)SentenceLength of applause (seconds)
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"Maurice your example should inspire a generation"19.35
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"If we secure our country's future, we will secure our own"12.90
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05:20:00Joke about Boris Johnson - "Well at least he's found one party leader he's prepared to endorse in public" 7.44
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08:08:00"It was Labour who plunged us into austerity and it is we, the Liberal Democrats, who will get us out"21.85
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09:55:00"For the first time, the future is ours to make"9.66
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11:36:00"In my experience, if you're being attacked by Liam Fox from one side, and Ed Balls from the other, you're in the right place"9.75
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13:43:00"We have taken big and bold steps to support demand and boost growth. And we stand ready to do so again and again and again until self-sustaining growth returns"11.13
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16:14:00"Now that we have brought the top rate of tax down to 45p – a level, let’s not forget, that is still higher than throughout Labour’s 13 years in office – there can be no question of reducing it further in this Parliament"12.60
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18:25:00"In short, national renewal. That is our mission. Our policies either serve that purpose, or they serve none at all"13.28
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20:45:00"And yes, a clean, green economy too, powered by the new low-carbon technologies. Britain leading the world"14.69
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22:06:00"Let the Conservatives be in no doubt. We will hold them to their promises on the environment"11.25
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22:53:00"To make blue go green you have to add yellow, and that’s exactly what we’re doing"22.50
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24:51:00"The freedom to be who you are"8.56
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27:25:00"I can announce that from this year, we will provide a new ‘catch-up premium’ – an additional £500 for every child who leaves primary school below the expected level in English or maths"11.84
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28:12:00"So yes, we’re raising the bar. But we’re ensuring every child can clear it too"11.09
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Jokes about being dissapointed that his song didn't make it to number one0.94
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30:53:00"If voters want a party of opposition – a “stop the world I want to get off” party – they’ve got plenty of options, but we are not one of them. There’s a better, more meaningful future waiting for us"17.19
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31:21:00"Not as the third party, but as one of three parties of government"9.87
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32:04:00"In a democracy, politicians take their orders from the voters"11.12
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33:32:00"Because the truth is, only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted on the economy and relied upon to deliver a fairer society too"21.72
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34:07:00"I can announce today that Paddy Ashdown has agreed to front up our campaign as chair of the 2015 General Election team"24.41
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34:46:00"Paddy, it’s great to have you back"14.32
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36:35:00" And yes, I see them going back to their constituencies to prepare for government. It took us a while but we got there in the end"13.78
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37:26:00"That’s the prize. It’s within our grasp. So let’s go for it"255.62
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Full speech can be found here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/speeches.aspx
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