The Liberal Democrats are "on the way back", Vince Cable has claimed, as he launched their local election campaign today.
The leader said the pro-EU party was a "well kept secret", winning local council by-elections in all areas, which had gone unreported.
At the campaign launch in Watford, the former minister said Lib Dems were "much the strongest of the three parties when it comes to these contests" and that as a result "we are doing about twice as well as the public opinion polls suggest we are."
"We are very much on the way back - and we are on the way back through local government," he added.
The Lib Dems have been on about eight per cent in national opinion polls since the general election, where it lost a number of key seats including Sheffield Halam, which was held by former leader Nick Clegg.
Cable said the local elections, on 3 May, were "an opportunity to pass verdict on the way in which the government is handling Brexit negotiations".