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Lib Dem local election results suggest party could lose 20 parliamentary seats

Party on course to lose third of MPs, but could hold balance of power in hung parliament, according to projections for 2015 polls

Nick Clegg is on course to lose as many as 20 parliamentary seats, including the Twickenham constituency of the business secretary, Vince Cable, according to projections based on share of the vote in the local elections.

In a sign of the fall in support for the Liberal Democrats after four years in coalition with the Tories, the Guardian analysis of the local election results show that the veteran former deputy leader Simon Hughes would lose his Southwark and Bermondsey seat 32 years after an historic byelection victory over Labour.

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