THE Welsh Liberal Democrats' leader in the Assembly will today tell his party's autumn conference he is not plotting a coalition to take power after next year's election.
In a speech in Aberystwyth, Mike German will say, "Between now and May let me make it crystal clear. No deals. No discussions. No distractions.
"All my energies are focused on ensuring more Welsh Liberal Democrats come back to the Assembly. Make sure your energies are focused on that too."
Mr German will champion the party's Welsh roots and invoke the name of Liberal Prime Minister Lloyd George.
He will call the Lib-Dems the "original Welsh party" and the inheritors of a "radical, non-socialist" legacy.
"Lloyd George described himself as a 'Welsh Liberal'. And I'm proud to call myself one too," Mr German will say.
His speech promises action on the environment and gives examples of devolving power to local communities.
"For example, to me, developing devolution means giving communities the right to acquire former public buildings and retain them for a new public use.
"So disused libraries or post offices could be taken on by a community trust to use it to meet a specific need in their area.
"We believe in taking power to the most effective level. The level closest to the people.
"For too long our communities have been the victims of decisions made by others. Let them be the decision makers."
He will say people should not only be empowered, but encouraged to make their own electrical power.
"I want to be able to offer hard cash to communities and households that want to generate their own renewable energy.
"Because a community which makes its own energy goes green in other ways too.
"They get green fever. They get excited about recycling, energy conservation and buying local."
He will add, "We are offering something different. We are offering to put our trust in the voters."
The party's election slogan is Trust in Wales, and Mr German will promise to allow public service staff to get on with their jobs.
Teachers will get more control over the curriculum and business will encounter less red tape under the Lib-Dems, he will say.
The party says it is willing to team-up with others to get policies through a hung Assembly next May.
Last week Tory Assembly leader Nick Bourne said informal discussions were taking place between opposition AMs about how to proceed if no group gets a governing majority at the election.
The Tories, Plaid Cymru and the Lib-Dems this week put forward a joint position in budget discussions with the minority Labour government.
The Lib-Dems will seek a promise on reforming local council elections before entering a coalition - dubbed "unfinished business" left over from the pre-2003 Lib/Lab administration by Mr German. It is a potential sticking point as it could threaten Labour councillors.
Mr German has said he believes the Lib-Dems can increase their tally of six AMs to between seven and 11 next year.
The party goes to Aberystwyth bolstered, after retaining a ward in a Monmouthshire council by-election on Thursday night.
It is hoping to pick up regional seats in South Wales in May, including on the South-East Wales list where Mr German's wife Veronica Watkins is the party's highest-ranked candidate behind her husband.
"The more AMs we have, the more clout we will wield in the new Assembly. And the more of the good things in our manifesto we'll be able to deliver," Mr German will say.
Delegates will set the party's position on such issues as rural buses, the internal party voting rights of 10-year-olds and Japanese knotweed.
A motion to assess the impact of the proposed Severn barrage could generate a heated debate. A separate amendment calls for consideration of tidal lagoons off the Welsh coast instead.
A draft version of the Lib-Dems' 2007 Assembly manifesto is due next month.