The Liberal Democrat leader renewed the party's commitment to put a penny on income tax for education and provide nursery education for all three- and four-year-olds; reward positive achievement, whether academic or vocational, at school; expand opportunities for training and higher education after school; and introduce an entitlement for everyone to a period of reskilling during their adult life.
Mr Ashdown described 1993 as a 'year of hardship, neglect and wasted opportunity'. He said: 'The leadership, economic record and political programme of the Conservatives is now totally discredited.
'There is a dangerous and growing gap between government and governed in Britain, fuelled by the Government's betrayal of its election promises and the Labour Party's failure to offer a convincing alternative.'
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