Berlusconi says will fight on, continue leading his party

ROME (Reuters) - Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pledged not to leave politics minutes before a Senate vote to expel him from parliament on Wednesday following a tax fraud conviction earlier this year.

"We must stay on the field, we must not despair if the leader of the centre-right is not a senator any more. There are leaders of other parties who are not parliamentarians," Berlusconi told a crowd of supporters in central Rome.

The man who has dominated Italian politics for 20 years said he can continue to lead his Forza Italia from outside parliament.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Naomi O'Leary)