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  • 13:47 Nick Clegg: Smith Commission a really important moment On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Pooled Clip Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg welcomed the proposals for Scottish devolution set out by the Smith Commission. “I think this is a really important moment. My party, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats, have been campaigning for home rule for generations and ... Continue to article

  • 09:48 Lib Dems will keep 'vast majority' of MPs in 2010, predicts Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Lib Dems will keep 'vast majority' of MPs in 2010, predicts Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats will retain the “vast majority” of their MPs after the 2015 general election, Nick Clegg has said. The Deputy Prime Minister told listeners to his LBC Radio show Call Clegg that his party were “incredibly proud” of ... Continue to article

  • 09:48 Cameron's migration pledge damaged public confidence in immigration system – Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Cameron's migration pledge damaged public confidence in immigration system – Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats will retain the “vast majority” of their MPs after the 2015 general election, Nick Clegg has said. The Deputy Prime Minister told listeners to his LBC Radio show Call Clegg that his party were “incredibly proud” of ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:41 Lobby:No 10: PM wants more competitive and more flexible EU Lobby Briefings

    17:41 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street was asked about comments by Deputy Prime Minister earlier today when he said that exiting the Union equated to “economic self-harm”. The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman distanced the Government from Nick Clegg’s view, s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 07:18 Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News

    Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit

    As MPs prepare to debate his National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill, Labour MP Clive Efford argues that the Government's 2012 reforms have left the NHS at the mercy of the private sector The Tories fought the last elect... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 19th November
  • 19:30 LabourList blog: Clegg says the economy is “fixed”. But here’s proof that it isn’t – and from rich to poor, the British people are worse off News

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    Yesterday, Nick Clegg proclaimed in the Commons that: “We have fixed the economy” Yet today, the Office of National Statistics have released data that proves him wrong. Continue to article

  • 13:07 Emma Reynolds: Broken Coalition promises are to blame for disillusionment with politicians On air

    On Air | Emma Reynolds MP | Shadow Housing minister | Daily Politics, BBC 2 Video Emma Reynolds  MP

    Emma Reynolds said she was frustrated that voters thought all political parties were the same and blamed Coalition politicians breaking promises for public disillusionment with mainstream politics.    “The most frustrating and worrying t... Continue to article

  • 10:01 Dot Commons: Clegg gets on the wrong train Dot Commons

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    Nick Clegg made a mistake that politicians fighting the Rochester and Strood by-election have been dreading. Called on his weekly radio show by someone from Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Lib Dem leader asked the caller about tomorrow's by...

  • 09:48 Klass’s attack on Ed Miliband’s mansion tax was ‘wrong’ says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Klass’s attack on Ed Miliband’s mansion tax was ‘wrong’ says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has leapt to the defence of Ed Miliband after the Labour leader was criticised by talk-show guest Myleene Klass for his mansion tax plan. The Liberal Democrat leader took to the radio to argue that the former pop-singer was “w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 12:26 DPM calls on businesses to revolutionise family-friendly working Press Release

    12:26| Press Release

    A press release from Nick Clegg: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CALLS ON BUSINESSES TO REVOLUTIONISE FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKING The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling on businesses in the UK to revolutionise what they’re doing to support f... Continue to article

  • 12:15 Clegg: EVEL vote could come before general election House of Commons

    Clegg: EVEL vote could come before general election House of Commons

    The Government is preparing major announcements on constitutional reform in coming weeks and could hold a vote on ‘English votes for English laws’ before the end of the Parliament, Nick Clegg has said. At Deputy Prime Minister’s Questio... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 12:13 Clegg: Ukip's stance on maternity leave is stone age PoliticsHome News

    Clegg: Ukip's stance on maternity leave is stone age PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg labelled Ukip’s stance on maternity leave and equal pay as “stone age” and reiterated promises for tax-free childcare “from next year”. The Deputy Prime Minister said during a live question and answer session on Twitter this m... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th November
  • 13:26 DPM celebrates number of apprentices doubling and launches one stop job shops for 16-18s Press Release

    13:26| Press Release

    A press release from Nick Clegg: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CELEBRATES NUMBER OF APPRENTICES DOUBLING AND LAUNCHES ONE STOP JOB SHOPS FOR 16-18s The Deputy Prime Minister is today celebrating the fact that the government has doubled the numb... Continue to article

  • 12:50 Salmond's parting shot at Labour as he faces final FMQs PoliticsHome News

    Salmond's parting shot at Labour as he faces final FMQs PoliticsHome News

    Alex Salmond has faced his final grilling from members of the Scottish parliament as First Minister, departing with a stark warning for the Labour party. Mr Salmond, who is set to step down as leader of the Scottish National Party at it... Continue to article

  • 09:25 Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has hit back at Philip Hammond after the Foreign Secretary branded attempts to enshrine the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of national wealth on foreign aid "bizarre". Speaking in Sierra Leone, the Foreign Secretary said legal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 09:51 BBC: Clegg: Coalition 'good for business' News

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    Nick Clegg is to tell business and industry leaders that they face a "very real and very big" threat from a majority Labour or Conservative government. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th November
  • 13:19 Caroline Flint: Some in Labour are having jitters On air

    On Air | Caroline Flint MP | Shadow Energy and Climate Chan... | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Caroline Flint MP

    Caroline Flint admitted there were nerves about Ed Miliband’s leadership, but called on all ranks of the Labour party to pull together ahead of the general election. “Some of my colleagues are having jitters and part of that is that we’v... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 09:55 Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The plans to recall MPs being introduced by the Coalition government should be extended to other elected officials, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Nick Clegg told LBC Radio that voters should be able to “pull the trigger” on local m... Continue to article

  • 09:55 Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The plans to recall MPs being introduced by the Coalition government should be extended to other elected officials, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Nick Clegg told LBC Radio that voters should be able to “pull the trigger” on local m... Continue to article

  • 07:15 Nick Clegg: Northern transport infrastructure downright decrepit On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | BBC Breakfast Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg denied his plans for increased investment in infrastructure for northern England were a duplication of the Chancellor's own 'Northern Powerhouse' theme, and set out the problems facing commuters in the north. "It's not either/... Continue to article

  • 07:15 Nick Clegg: Northern transport infrastructure downright decrepit On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | BBC Breakfast Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg denied his plans for increased investment in infrastructure for northern England were a duplication of the Chancellor's own 'Northern Powerhouse' theme, and set out the problems facing commuters in the north. "It's not either/... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 09:35 Dot Commons: Clegg's cheesy grin Dot Commons

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      Undeterred by the criticism that followed his tequila-laden appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch in the summer, Nick Clegg has been back in the kitchen this morning. Unfortunately, the DPM’s ITV performance may yet raise question...

  • 09:05 Miriam González Durántez: I've got used to criticism of Nick Clegg On air

    On Air | Miriam Durantez Gonzalez | | Lorraine, ITV Video Miriam Durantez Gonzalez

    Miriam González Durántez said she did not get upset by criticism of her husband Nick Clegg and blamed a “sector of the media” for targeting him. “No. I have been through this now for a while. I know how not to take things personal and I ... Continue to article

  • 09:03 Nick Clegg: EU report shows Britain would be poorer under Tory plans On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Lorraine, ITV Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said today’s research by economists on the impact of immigration showed that Conservative policies would make Britain poorer. “[If we were] simply to sort of turn our back on the world, which is what Ukip and the Conservative ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th November
  • 21:20 Clegg hints at reserving places for women in Parliament PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hints at reserving places for women in Parliament PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has said he is “coming round to” the case for a one-off quota to boost the number of women in Parliament. The Deputy Prime Minister told BBC Three’s Free Speech show that while he had “always been reluctant” to bring in quota... Continue to article

  • 12:53 Isabel Hardman blog: Lynne Featherstone replaces Baker as Osborne mocks ‘conspiracytheorist’ News

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    Lynne Featherstone is to return to the Home Office to replace Norman Baker as Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Nick Clegg has announced. This is interesting because Damian Green… Continue readi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd November
  • 16:09 In Brief Events

    16:09 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Chancellor George Osborne attends an Ecofin meeting in Brussels Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meets with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make an announcement on war memoria... Continue to article

  • 16:06 In Brief Events

    16:06 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Chancellor George Osborne is expected to make an announcement on Libor; and hosts a reception at 11 Downing Street for military charities Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hosts the Centre for Cities Northern Futures summit in Leeds (10:0... Continue to article

  • 16:06 Department of Energy and Climate Change statement: DPM: A celebration of the 'Great School Lunch' Press Release

    16:06| Press Release | Department of Energy and Climate Change

    A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister: A NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF THE 'GREAT SCHOOL LUNCH' The Deputy Prime Minster is kicking off a week of celebrations to highlight just how far school meals have come since the days of lukew... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • 10:20 Nick Clegg: Conservative drugs policy leading to 2,000 deaths every year On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Sky News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of pursuing a damaging policy on drugs. “I’m anti-drugs, and that’s why I’m pro-reform. I’ve been arguing for a different approach to this for years, and this report is a wake-up call to Ed Miliband a... Continue to article

  • 09:37 The Tories are ‘frightened’ of evidence-based drugs policy, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The Tories are ‘frightened’ of evidence-based drugs policy, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The Conservative approach to drugs policy is “misplaced, out-dated, backwards looking” as well as “facile” Nick Clegg has said. On his Call Clegg programme on LBC radio the Deputy Prime Minister said the War on Drugs was not working. ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 07:00 Labour: Boles interview reveals the chaos and confusion in the Government's immigration policy - Hanson  Press Release

    07:00| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: David Hanson MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to Nick Boles interview in TotalPolitics, said: "Nick Boles interview reveals the chaos and confusion in the Government's immigration policy... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 28th October
  • 23:52 Sajid Javid tweets: Lib Dems have killed the EU Referendum Bill. Like Labour, not interested in giving the people a say! http://dailym.ai/1vb3e05 #shameless

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  • 19:31 Story (5 links): EU referendum bill pulled by Tories

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    The Conservatives have accused their Liberal Democrat coalition partners of blocking David Cameron’s bid to legislate for a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and have pulled their plans.

    The Lib Dems have insisted that the Conservatives have added terms to the negotiations that they could not agree with.

    Tory MP Bob Neill told the Mail: “The Lib Dems have killed off our chances of putting into law, this side of an election, an in-out referendum by 2017.”

    It was claimed that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wanted the Tories to make changes to the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ as agreement for the bill to continue. However, the Conservatives offered a money resolution and government time to debate the bill.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce said that the Lib Dems were “never going to block their referendum bill”.

    “The truth is they have folded like a cheap deck chair and are trying to make us take the blame by adding ridiculous conditions they knew we would not and could not accept.

    "It is amazing that the Tories are prepared to sacrifice a bill they say they care about for some short-term tactical distinction from UKIP. They clearly never wanted the referendum bill to pass."

    The bill, which was sponsored by Mr Neill, and supported by Mr Cameron, was hoped to become law before the May 2015 general election.

    A senior Liberal Democrat source added: "The Tories put forward a proposal they know for certain will be turned down by the Lib Dems - a completely unfair deal.

    "We can only assume they would prefer it hadn't become law by the time of the General Election. They would prefer not to be talking about their bottom lines in their proposed grand renegotiation and instead try and deal with UKIP by saying the only way to get a referendum is to vote Tory. They couldn't do the latter if their bill had become law."

  • 18:34 Deputy Prime Minister's Office statement: Liberal Democrats on the EU Referendum Bill Press Release

    18:34| Press Release | Deputy Prime Minister's Office

    A press release from the Lib Dems: · The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill (Bob Neill's Private Members Bill), despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Co... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 10:39 Why Is David Cameron So Afraid To Call Himself A Feminist? News

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  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 09:30 Nick Clegg: No reason for Fiona Woolf to step down as child sex abuse inquiry chair On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | LBC Radio Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg backed Fiona Woolf as the chair of the Government’s inquiry into child sex abuse saying she was a “credible person” for the role.   “The Home Secretary made that decision, made that recommendation to myself and the Prime Minis... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 20th October
  • 10:45 Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has said he wants to change the Government’s MP recall proposals, but hit out at Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s plan as the “rich man’s recall”. The Coalition's plans have come under fire from critics because a House of Commons ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 09:01 Nick Clegg: Sheffield Utd should think long and hard about rehiring Ched Evans On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | LBC Radio Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said the Sheffield United football club should “think really long and hard” about rehiring Ched Evans, who will tomorrow be released from prison after serving a conviction for rape. “This is not for me to decide it is obviousl... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 17:35 Clegg defends GCHQ bulk data collection House of Commons

    Clegg defends GCHQ bulk data collection House of Commons

    Nick Clegg has defended the security services’ bulk collection of communications data. Appearing at a rare public hearing of the Intelligence and Security Committee, the Deputy Prime Minister said the state was “perfectly entitled” to st... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 12:53 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:53 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Mental Health Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill (Sir Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Op... Continue to article

  • 12:31 Clegg and Harman clash over NHS reforms House of Commons

    Clegg and Harman clash over NHS reforms House of Commons

    Nick Clegg has attacked the previous Labour administration’s record on the NHS, and said “I don’t think we need to take any lectures from [Harriet Harman] or her party on the NHS.” Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman asked Mr Clegg durin... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 10:00 BBC: Farage invited on leaders' TV debate News

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    UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is invited to take part in a TV debate with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg ahead of next year's general election. Continue to article

  • 00:01 Edelman: Health is top political priority Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Edelman press release Health is the country’s most important political issue overtaking the economy and immigration, according to a survey of twelve party policies carried out at the end of the party conference season. The survey by E... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 8th October
  • 19:47 Martin Kettle blog: A hung parliament in 2015? Yes. But the Lib Dems in coalition, I don't think so News

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    If Nick Clegg is expecting to choose a partner after next years election, he may be in for a surprise. Continue to article

  • 15:05 CBI statement: CBI responds to Deputy Prime Minister's speech Press Release

    15:05| Press Release | CBI

    CBI press release The CBI today responded to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg’s, speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference. John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: “The CBI welcomes the Deputy Prime Minister’s emphasi... Continue to article

  • 14:51 Jo Swinson: Conservatives don't care about poorest people On air

    On Air | Jo Swinson MP | Lib Dem Business minister | Sky News Video Jo Swinson MP

    Jo Swinson accused the Conservatives of not caring about the poorest people in society. “Yeah, we’re in a coalition and we can work constructively with our coalition partners, but at the same time we’re in different political parties and... Continue to article

  • 14:48 Sir Menzies Campbell: Nick Clegg has shown he is ready for the fight On air

    On Air | Sir Menzies Campbell MP | Former Liberal Democrat leader | BBC News Video Sir Menzies Campbell MP

    Sir Menzies Campbell said Nick Clegg had roused delegates with his conference speech.    "He’s marching his troops to the sound of gunfire. He’s ready for the fight." Sir Menzies said there was a big “hole” in the centre of British po... Continue to article

  • 14:29 Nick Robinson blog: Nick Clegg's message to voters News

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    I may no longer be the fresh faced outsider, Nick Clegg told the country today, but someone has to stand up for liberal Britain against the politics of fear and grievance. Continue to article

  • 07:00 Patrick Wintour: Lib Dem strategy for salvation: a grudging respect for anti-populism News

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    Liberal Democrat strategists waiting for Nick Clegg’s final conference speech before the election privately admit a form of defeat. It no longer looks likely Clegg will ever be admired or loved by the electorate, and they concede the best they can hope for is respect. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 7th October
  • 17:00 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems will increase Capital Gains Tax On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | BBC News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said the Tory pledge to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 had been devised by the Liberal Democrats. “We are saying in the first year of the next parliament, towards this magic objective - which I've been going on about ... Continue to article

  • 12:40 Lamb blasts Labour's NHS pledge PoliticsHome News

    Lamb blasts Labour's NHS pledge PoliticsHome News

    Labour is "resistant to change" in the NHS, Norman Lamb has said, as he warned Liberal Democrat activists against trusting either of the two other parties with the future of the health service. Addressing the Lib Dem conference in Glasgo... Continue to article

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EU referendum bill pulled by Tories

The Conservatives have accused their Liberal Democrat coalition partners of blocking David Cameron’s bid to legislate for a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and have pulled their plans.

The Lib Dems have insisted that the Conservatives have added terms to the negotiations that they could not agree with.

Tory MP Bob Neill told the Mail: “The Lib Dems have killed off our chances of putting into law, this side of an election, an in-out referendum by 2017.”

It was claimed that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wanted the Tories to make changes to the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ as agreement for the bill to continue. However, the Conservatives offered a money resolution and government time to debate the bill.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce said that the Lib Dems were “never going to block their referendum bill”.

“The truth is they have folded like a cheap deck chair and are trying to make us take the blame by adding ridiculous conditions they knew we would not and could not accept.

"It is amazing that the Tories are prepared to sacrifice a bill they say they care about for some short-term tactical distinction from UKIP. They clearly never wanted the referendum bill to pass."

The bill, which was sponsored by Mr Neill, and supported by Mr Cameron, was hoped to become law before the May 2015 general election.

A senior Liberal Democrat source added: "The Tories put forward a proposal they know for certain will be turned down by the Lib Dems - a completely unfair deal.

"We can only assume they would prefer it hadn't become law by the time of the General Election. They would prefer not to be talking about their bottom lines in their proposed grand renegotiation and instead try and deal with UKIP by saying the only way to get a referendum is to vote Tory. They couldn't do the latter if their bill had become law."


Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists

Boris Johnson has called for tougher action to be taken against Britons who go abroad to fight for extremist organisations like Islamic State, including the removal of citizenship.

The Mayor of London also argued, in an article for the Telegraph, for the reintroduction of control orders, which were replaced with the weaker TPims [Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures] in 2011, in order to improve the ability of government to monitor terrorists in the UK.

Mr Johnson wrote: “All this will be difficult, but the problem has got worse fast, and it could get worse still.

"What is the point of having a defence budget if we don’t at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist “caliphate” that is profoundly hostile to civilised values? Do nothing now, and the tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door.”

The Mayor of London also suggested that Britons returning from warzones should be assumed to be guilty of terrorist acts until they could prove their innocence, ideas which were rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg has rejected Mr Johnson's calls, and said that new laws would not help tackle the issue.

"We’ve already taken steps to protect ourselves. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, it would not be a very sensible move."

The calls were labelled by a former attorney general as “draconian”.

Dominic Grieve told the World at One: “It is a draconian proposal because it would envisage getting rid of ordinary principles of common law, which would put the burden on the prosecution to prove its case.”

Speaking on the same programme Yvette Cooper questioned the feasibility of Mr Johnson’s proposal to make terrorists returning to the UK stateless by removing their passports.

The Shadow Home Secretary said: “There are also international laws in place… which prevent people being made stateless, so that for example, that’s what allows us to deport foreign criminals to other countries and prevent those countries saying: ‘no we don’t want them back because they are no longer citizens.’”  

Mr Johnson’s comments echoed similar calls made over the weekend by Conservative MP David Davis and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

The Home Office has said it is taking the "strongest possible action" to address the issue. 

David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, said: "The Home Secretary must now rethink her decision [to end control orders] and bring back stronger powers.

“Theresa May needs to listen to the concern being expressed across the political divide and reverse her decision. She should strengthen the powers either by reintroducing control orders or bringing in the stronger measures recommended by David Anderson, the independent reviewer."


Eleven bills in Queen's Speech - but Labour calls for more

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have hailed the “bold steps” set out in the Government’s legislative agenda for the final session of the Parliament, but Ed Miliband has said the Queen's Speech should have been more wide-ranging.

Eleven bills were announced in the Queen’s Speech, which introduced a charge for plastic bags and a new Modern Slavery Bill.

However Labour sources said it was "staggering" that the NHS and immigration were not mentioned today and Mr Miliband outlined seven further bills that he would have included.

The speech began with a nod to both the Conservative slogan of a “long-term economic plan”, and the Lib Dems’ promise to build a “stronger economy and fairer society”.

“My government’s legislative programme will continue to deliver on its long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society,” Her Majesty said.

Speaking in the House this afternoon, Mr Cameron said: "Our long-term economic plan is working but there is much much more to do....

"This Queen's Speech sets out the next steps in seeing through this vital plan to secure our future but it will take the rest of this parliament and the next to finish the task of turning our country around. That is the enormity of the challenge we face but, Mr Speaker, it is matched by the strength of our commitment to sorting it out."

Mr Miliband said there were measures his party supported in the Queen's Speech "including tackling modern slavery, an Ombudsman for our Armed Forces and recall".

But he maintained that the speech failed to live up to the scale of the challenges facing Britain and that Mr Cameron should have gone further.

"There is a chasm between the needs and the wishes of the people of this country and whether or not this House and politics is capable of responding," he told MPs.

"We need to rise to this challenge, but this Queen's Speech doesn't do it. But it can be done...

"This is what the Queen’s Speech should have done: A Make Work Pay bill to reward hard work, a Banking Bill to support small business; a Community Bill to devolve power; an Immigration Bill to stop workers being undercut; a Consumers Bill to freeze energy bills; a Housing Bill to tackle the housing crisis; and an NHS Bill to make it easier to see your GP and stop his privatisation."


Lib Dems receive £5k from Clegg’s millionaire father

Nick Clegg has accepted a £5000 donation from his millionaire banker father, causing rumours that the party’s funds are dwindling.

The money was given to support his “capacity as an MP”, the Register of Members’ Financial Interests declared. Nicholas Clegg Sr, an investment banker and chairman of the United Trust Bank, previously gave £3000 to the party in 2008.

Figures released last month show that Ukip raised £170,000 more money in donations than the Lib Dems during the second quarter of this year.


Channel 4 announce Clegg movie

The Deputy Prime Minister's life is to be turned into a film.

Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader in Government.

Acclaimed playwright James Graham will pen Coalition, which will depict the negotiations and machination that dominated the early days of the Conservative-Lib Dem Government.

The blurb for the one-off TV show states: “In May 2010, after decades of single party rule and amidst growing disillusionment, all eyes turned to one man. A man who found himself with the power to change the landscape of British politics - and his career - forever. But at what cost?”

The Sun reports that Paddy Power last night has David Morrissey tipped at 4/1 to play him, while Brad Pitt was standing at 100/1.

Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit, is tipped at 250/1 to appear as Ed Miliband.


Tory modernisers call for new coalition

Conservative campaign organisation Bright Blue has warned the party that another coalition with the Liberal Democrats may be the only way for the party to keep power. The group said the party should continue with its modernising agenda and not lurch to the right, as many core-conservative groups are suggesting.