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  • 09:37 Nick Clegg comment on the murder of David Haines Press Release

    09:37| Press Release

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The barbaric murder of David Haines is a crime of the most horrendous kind. "My thoughts at this time are with the family of David Haines who have experienced something no family should ever have ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 11th September
  • 09:00 Nick Clegg: A currency union between an independent Scotland and the UK would be economically irresponsible On air

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

    Nick Clegg told listeners on his weekly radio phone-in that English taxpayers couldn't be expected to underwrite Scottish borrowing if the country voted to go independent.   "The point that Mark Carney in particular was making the other ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
  • 17:36 Guardian: Nick Clegg arrives in Scottish Borders promising 'exciting chapter' News

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    Appealing to Scots to vote no, Clegg says: 'Team GB competed together, we defeated fascism together, we created the NHS' Nick Clegg swept into the Scottish Borders today promising that an "exciting ch... Continue to article

  • 13:45 Nick Clegg: This is a momentous decision, a decision for ever On air

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

    On a trip to Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, Nick Clegg said the independence vote was a "very close contest", but warned a yes vote was a "decision forever". "All of us have been coming up to Scotland and making our views known for a l... Continue to article

  • 12:40 Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    William Hague has urged Scots to reject independence, saying: "we want you to stay in the United Kingdom." David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were all absent from this week's Prime Minister's Questions as they toured Scotland in ... Continue to article

  • 11:08 Salmond blasts 'panicking' Westminster leaders PoliticsHome News

    Salmond blasts 'panicking' Westminster leaders PoliticsHome News

    The leaders of the three main Westminster parties are "panicking" ahead of next week's vote on Scottish independence, Alex Salmond has claimed. Addressing reporters on a campaign visit to Edinburgh as David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Mil... Continue to article

  • 06:47 Danny Alexander: Westminster leaders have only a small role in No campaign On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander denied that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg heading to Scotland would be counterproductive for the No side, but said they had a “relatively small place” in the campaign. “I don’t think that’s right at all. Look,... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 11:52 Lobby:No 10: Yes campaign is not changing its message Lobby Briefings

    11:52 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Number 10 today brushed off the latest polling on Scottish independence and insisted that ministers would stick to the same campaign strategy to achieve a No vote. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "The only poll that counts i... Continue to article

  • 07:20 Nick Clegg: PM right to keep options open on terror On air

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

    Nick Clegg backed the Prime Minister's plans to allow the Government to act immediately to counter any direct threat to British security. "I think it’s the first duty of any Government to reserve the right to act to keep us safe, and it’... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st September
  • 17:41 Nick Clegg: our American-style terror legislation keeps hard-fought British liberties On air

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

    Nick Clegg has criticised the previous Labour administration’s policy towards anti-terror legislation and praised the measures outlined by the Prime Minister this afternoon to tackle extremism. "Both the Prime Minister and myself want to... Continue to article

  • 12:00 Lobby:No 10: Targeted terror measures from PM this afternoon Lobby Briefings

    12:00 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron will present "targeted measures" to prevent British extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq carrying out terrorist attacks in the UK, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister has held talks with Nick Clegg to finalise the ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 17:21 In Brief Events

    17:21 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron hosts a meeting of alliance counterparts at the NATO summit in Wales. David Cameron, Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb also attend a world leaders reception at the summit  De... Continue to article

  • 07:00 BBC: Nick Clegg wants new powers to bar militants' return News

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  • = Key Development Thursday 28th August
  • 09:53 Nick Clegg: Shaun Wright must stand aside On air

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

    Nick Clegg called on Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, to “stand aside” in light of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal. “The Council is elected by local people, and the officers in Rotherham Council ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 27th August
  • 10:18 Department of Energy and Climate Change statement: Deputy PM: Clegg hails UK-India businesses Press Release

    10:18| Press Release | Department of Energy and Climate Change

    A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HAILS UNIQUE TECHNICAL MIX OF UK-INDIA BUSINESSES The UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today praised the special relationship between UK and Indian co... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 26th August
  • 17:44 Proud to have launched the new Dadabhai Naoroji Awards in recognition of people who have helped strengthen relations between UK and India. News

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    Proud to have launched the new Dadabhai Naoroji Awards in recognition of people who have helped strengthen relations between UK and India. Continue to article

  • 15:25 Department of Energy and Climate Change statement: Vistaar Productions: £13m film investment in UK from India - Clegg Press Release

    15:25| Press Release | Department of Energy and Climate Change

    A press release from Vistaar Productions and the Deputy Prime Minister's office: VISTAAR ANNOUNCES £13M INVESTMENT IN UK AS NICK CLEGG INAUGURATES NEW MOVIE During his visit to a film set in Mumbai today, the UK Deputy Prime Minister, N... Continue to article

  • 13:11 Department of Energy and Climate Change statement: Clegg launches new Dadabhai Naoroji Awards and new exchange programme to deepen links with India Press Release

    13:11| Press Release | Department of Energy and Climate Change

    A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS TO NEW DADABHAI NAOROJI AWARDS New exchange programme will see thousands of young people from the UK travel to India to work and study ... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Labour has long called for compulsory sex education and Lib Dems have voted against it Press Release

    07:00| Press Release

    Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the expected Liberal Democrat announcement that sex education will be made compulsory in all state schools, said:   “Labour has long called for the compulsory introd... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 25th August
  • 18:17 Story (31 links): Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists

    PoliticsHome Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists Story View links

    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."

  • 15:47 Clegg: students should be exempt from immigration numbers On air

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

    Nick Clegg has said that he thinks that student numbers should be taken out of net immigration figures, and rules around IT visas should be relaxed. "Yes I actually agree with Michael Heseltine, but my Conservative colleagues in the Coal... Continue to article

  • 14:43 Department of Energy and Climate Change statement: Gov: Nick Clegg meeting with Indian PM Modi Press Release

    14:43| Press Release | Department of Energy and Climate Change

    A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NICK CLEGG MEETS PRIME MINISTER MODI IN NEW DELHI Trade and climate change key areas to build UK-India 'special relationship' Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met I... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 22nd August
  • 08:04 Story (2 links): Channel 4 announce Clegg movie

    PoliticsHome Channel 4 announce Clegg movie Story View links

    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.

  • = Key Development Thursday 21st August
  • 17:07 Dot Commons: Clegg: The Movie set for Channel 4 Dot Commons

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    JFK, Lincoln, Nixon... Clegg.  The Deputy Prime Minister is set to follow the American Presidents and be immortalised on film. Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader...

  • 15:19 Independent: Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise News

    News | The Independent source icon

    Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 20th August
  • 11:00 Lord Ashcroft marginals poll: swing to Labour extends deeper into Tory territory Press Release

    11:00| Press Release

    Lord Ashcroft Polls press release Lord Ashcroft marginals poll: swing to Labour extends deeper into Tory territory The swing from the Conservatives to Labour is at least as great in seats with bigger Tory majorities as in the party’s m... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 13th August
  • 13:23 Transcript: Nick Clegg on employment figures Transcripts

    Nick Clegg on employment figures Transcripts

    The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “The continued fall in unemployment provides yet more proof that the tough decisions we have made in government have been the right ones to build a stronger economy in a fairer society. I am par... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 8th August
  • 09:47 Liberal Democrats: Nick Clegg welcomes new Liberal Democrat peers Press Release

    09:47| Press Release

    Liberal Democrats press release Announcing the appointment of six new Liberal Democrat peers to the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said: “Our new peers highlight the campaigning heartbeat... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 7th August
  • 17:23 Lib Dems: Mental health research should be the next big breakthrough News

    News | Liberal Democrats source icon

    A Liberal Democrat government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments, Nick Clegg has announced. Continue to article

  • 13:52 Alistair Burt: Lib Dems have been signing off arms exports to Israel for years On air

    On Air | Alistair Burt MP | | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Alistair Burt MP

    Alistair Burt said Nick Clegg’s call for the revocation of arms export licences to Israel was an attempt to distance his party from the sale of arms in the region. “I think to be blunt they are trying to pretend that Liberal Democrats do... Continue to article

  • 09:40 Nick Clegg: Suspend arms exports to Israel if Gaza ceasefire ends On air

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

    Nick Clegg argued that the Government should immediately halt all arms exports to Israel if the current ceasefire in Gaza breaks down. “Firstly, I think we must respect the very strict criteria that are laid down in law which govern the ... Continue to article

  • 08:44 Dot Commons: Need a babysitter? Don't call Nigel Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Need a babysitter? Don't call Nigel

    Would you leave your children in the care of a political leader? Mumsnet has done a poll for LBC of 1,000 people with the following topline results on which politician they would trust to look after their offspring: Nick Clegg 58%, Da...

  • = Key Development Wednesday 6th August
  • 12:49 Nick Clegg: Boris's stance on the EU is deeply irresponsible On air

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

    Nick Clegg said Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the UK should leave the European Union if it could not achieve the necessary reforms was “deeply irresponsible”.    “I think this speech is more to do with Boris Johnson’s political ambitio... Continue to article

  • 08:00 Ed Davey: Baroness Warsi should have stayed and argued for a tougher stance against Isreal On air

    On Air | Ed Davey MP | Energy Secretary | Sky News Video Ed Davey MP

    Ed Davey said Baroness Warsi should have stayed in Government and argued for a “tougher stance” towards Israel. “I can certainly understand Baroness Warsi’s strong views on this. I do think the action taken by Israel is being disproporti... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 5th August
  • 10:46 Transcript: Nick Clegg's speech on immigration Transcripts

    Nick Clegg's speech on immigration Transcripts

    A SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NICK CLEGG It should come as no surprise that I'm a believer in the benefits of well-managed immigration. I lead, in my view, Britain's only real internationalist party. For the Liberal Dem... Continue to article

  • 08:19 Nick Clegg: Tighter border controls are needed On air

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

    Ahead of a speech today arguing for tighter border controls Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of being fixated with the net migration target to the detriment of an effective immigration policy.       “My frustration has been that beca... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 3rd August
  • 07:24 Mail: Nick Clegg goads Tories by saying immigration is good for UK News

    News | The Mail on Sunday source icon

    Nick Clegg goads Tories by saying immigration is good for UK Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 2nd August
  • 08:10 Lord Ashdown: You have to talk to Hamas On air

    On Air | Lord Ashdown | Former Liberal Democrat leader | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Lord Ashdown

    Lord Ashdown agreed with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's call for Israel to open direct talks with Hamas. “Yes. The one thing we know very clearly is that after – what is it – three weeks of this, well over a thousand deaths now, is t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 31st July
  • 16:08 Sam Macrory tweets: And it continues...in the TES, Nick Clegg says Dominic Cummings has "vituperative, wild-eyed way of talking about people he disagrees with"

    Twitter | Sam Macrory Twitter source icon

    And it continues...in the TES, Nick Clegg says Dominic Cummings has "vituperative, wild-eyed way of talking about people he disagrees with"

  • = Key Development Tuesday 29th July
  • 08:24 Malcolm Rifkind: Sanctions on Russia so far have been useless On air

    On Air | Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP | Former Foreign Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia had, to date, been “pretty useless”. “This isn’t about his popularity, this is about imposing sanctions that will require Putin to change his policy. Up until now, the ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 27th July
  • 12:26 Sir Menzies Campbell: Russia should not host 2018 World Cup On air

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

    Sir Menzies Campbell endorsed Nick Clegg’s call for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup. “You can test it this way: if we were deciding where the World Cup was going to go in 2018 this evening, would we say that Russia was a suit... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 25th July
  • 13:17 Nick Clegg: We have rescued the British economy On air

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

    Nick Clegg said the news that economic growth was back to pre-recession levels showed that the Coalition Government had “rescued the British economy”.    "I think it’s incredibly important that we say loud and clear, given that this Gove... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 20:00 Hope Francis The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Hope Francis

      Words: Paul Waugh  Photos: Paul Heartfield      “All governments contain reformers and resisters,” Francis Maude says. “The reformers favour transparency and the resisters don’t like it. Because transparency always drives r... Continue to article

  • 12:58 Deputy Prime Minister's Office statement: Liberal Democrats promise law to 'lift the lid' on gender pay gap Press Release

    12:58| Press Release | Deputy Prime Minister's Office

    Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women under manifesto plans set out by the Liberal Democrats today. The plan would see companies employing over 250 people required by law to... Continue to article

  • 11:47 Lobby:No 10: Housing benefit policy hasn't changed and won't be changing Lobby Briefings

    11:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street insisted that the so-called 'bedroom tax' will remain in place, despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats. Asked how collective responsibility now worked, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "In the usual way... Continue to article

  • 11:10 Rafael Behr blog: The Lib Dems bedroom tax U-turn has one eye on a hung parliament News

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    To thwart Tory ambitions of a majority government, Nick Clegg is distancing his party from the more toxic coalition policies and appealing to tactical voters For a governing party to oppose government... Continue to article

  • 11:00 Rachel Reeves: Lib Dems have shown staggering hypocrisy on bedroom tax On air

    On Air | Rachel Reeves MP | Shadow Work and Pensions Secre... | Sky News Video Rachel Reeves MP

    Rachel Reeves said the Liberal Democrats' calls for the housing benefit reform, know as the bedroom tax, to be rethought following problems in implementation represented “staggering hypocrisy”. “This is staggering hypocrisy from the Libe... Continue to article

  • 10:12 Stephen Timms: Lib Dems must vote against bedroom tax now On air

    On Air | Stephen Timms MP | Shadow Employment Minister | BBC News Video Stephen Timms MP

    Stephen Timms challenged the Liberal Democrats to vote against the ‘bedroom tax’, after the party shifted its stance on the sanctions. “The bedroom tax has clearly been unfair right from the start – that’s always been obvious; the Libera... Continue to article

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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."


Conference profits up

Profits from political conferences have rocketed despite party memberships dropping to all-time lows, research by the Times has found. Although conference attendances are suffering at the grassroots level, the media, lobbying groups and corporate representatives are filling the gap, and being charged for the privilege. The Lib Dems made £570,000 last year, more than double what they made five years ago.


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.


Osborne cool on wealth tax

The Government must be careful not to "drive away wealth creators" with taxation, George Osborne has warned.

Speaking during a visit to Sunderland, the Chancellor said the wealthy “need to pay more”, but added it was the “entrepreneurs, the business leaders who create the jobs to help the economy move forward".

His comments come after Nick Clegg called for the introduction of a wealth tax for a limited period. In an interview with the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister said increased contributions from those of "very considerable" wealth could help retain a "cohesive and prosperous" Britain.

In the first major interview by a Coalition minister before the start of the new political season, Mr Clegg also invited Lib Dem David Laws back into the Coalition. "I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to see David Laws back in government," Mr Clegg told the newspaper.

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes told BBC Radio 4's the World at One his party was serious about the wealth tax idea, and dismissed accusations of political posturing.

"We are not just flying a kite at all, this is a long-held principle," he said.

"We now want to go back to the issue of wealth inequality - you won’t get the best economic solutions if you ignore the increasingly obscene levels of wealth inequality in this country."

But Conservative backbenchers have expressed anger over the idea, with Bernard Jenkin dismissing it as the "politics of envy" and claiming it would "strangling the goose that lays the golden egg".

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has also rejected the call, telling PoliticsHome that high taxes were "part of the problem with the UK economy - not part of the cure".

Labour's John Mann, who sits on the Treasury committee, accused Mr Clegg of "flannelling" in the run-up to his party conference.

"There’s obviously a conference coming up, it is rather excruciating listening to Mr Clegg. This is the worst kind of conference flannelling in advance, desperately trying to create some distance," he said.


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