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    The Lib Dems Held A Conference Rally And It Was Utterly Bizarre

    From musical theatre to Eurovision to a stuffed parrot, it really had it all.

    The Liberal Democrats held a rally in Liverpool to open their spring conference – their last gathering before the general election. It was rather unusual.

    For a start, there was a choir. They kicked off the hour-long event by belting out a couple of tunes Glee-style.

    Party president Sal Brinton, a wheelchair user, was breezily welcomed to the stage with the song "Mustang Sally". "Ride, Sally, ride!"

    Welcoming Party President @SalBrinton to the stage! #RideSallyRide #ldconf

    Kirsty Williams, Lib Dem leader in Wales, entered the stage to Tom Jones' "She's a Lady". Presumably they couldn't think of anything else.

    .@Kirsty_Williams slams Welsh Labour for record on the NHS - "You will wait longer because you are in Wales" #ldconf

    While former party leader Paddy Ashdown, who used to serve in the special forces, was welcomed with Bonnie Tyler's "I Need a Hero".

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    Now it was time for the pair to introduce some parliamentary candidates. Only – and here's the twist – they weren't in Liverpool!

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    They were so busy campaigning in various corners of the UK that they had to be interviewed via Skype. It all looked a bit Eurovision.

    Its the Lib Dem version of Eurovision! #ldconf

    Lib dem conference so far resembles the Eurovision Song Contest..Paddy Ashdown now struggling to speak to volunteers via video link

    Just like #eurovision hosts, @paddyashdown + @Kirsty_Williams are doing live 2-ways around constituencies #libdemconf

    Ashdown then took the floor for his big closing speech. Bizarrely, he kicked off with a quote from T. S. Eliot: "April is the cruellest month."

    "And don't we Lib Dems just know it?" he said, to general bemusement.

    "We all know it's going to be about door-knocking, postal votes, getting out the vote on polling day."

    He wandered over to the lectern and picked up a toy parrot. Where was this going?

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    "I just want to make sure that this parrot is very much alive," he said with a grin.

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    That was an apparent reference to this Monty Python sketch. The Lib Dems are not – yet – dead like this parrot.

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    Nick Clegg didn't seem terribly amused though.

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    But he was soon up and clapping for the choir's finale – a rousing rendition of "Don't Stop Believing". Hold those heads up high, Lib Dems!