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David Laws set out the thinking behind a schools anti-bureaucracy drive launched by Nick Clegg today. "I think the burdens of accountability for teachers have increased massively over the last 20 years. And some of that is a good thing b... Continue to article
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If Nick Clegg is expecting to choose a partner after next years election, he may be in for a surprise. Continue to article
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nick Clegg said junior parties in coalition always ended up getting blamed for things going wrong and not getting credit for achievements. "My own impression as a human being and of course all the evidence is that there are people on ri... Continue to article
LibDem MEP Chris Davies told BBC PM prog tonite Cam put forward several names for UK EuroCommissioner "but Nick Clegg vetoed them" Continue to article
A press release from ComRes and ITV: COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL: MOST BRITONS THINK LIB DEMS HAVE BECOME IRRELEVENT The latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that most British adults (56%) believe that the Liberal Demo... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has launched various attacks on his Conservative coalition partners as the Liberal Democrats meet for their last autumn conference before the general election. In a question and answer session at his party's conference, Mr Cle... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister dismisses PMs pledge to raise 40% income tax threshold and blasts cuts for working-age poor Nick Clegg has widened his attack on the Tories by accusing David Cameron of seeking t... Continue to article
Conference, 2014 has been a year when many have tried to divide us. Politicians desperate to tear us from Europe Nationalists wanting to rip up a 300 year old union The rise of ‘us versus them’ Now more than ever we need positiv... Continue to article
As the Liberal Democrat conference gets underway, Lorely Burt says the party should focus on local issues to win support adding, “it’s not all about Nick Clegg”. “The feeling on the doorstep is very good and I think what Liberal Democ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg reiterated the Liberal Democrats would not join the next government “at any cost”. “I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in coalition at any cost, but if we think we can do so in a way which would be good for the coun... Continue to article
Jo Swinson said the Liberal Democrat party would not be better without Nick Clegg as leader. “I don’t believe… that it would be better. Nick’s doing a good job at this conference and he’s going to continue to as leader. Nick is absolutel... Continue to article
LibDemVoice.org press release An exclusive poll of 735 Lib Dem party members for LibDemVoice.org shows 80%continue to support Coalition – but two-thirds expect party to slip below 40 MPs at next election Key findings: * By 80%-17%... Continue to article
Letter from Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames to Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill Dear Mr Sedwill, I am writing to request an official investigation into an apparent breach of the Special Adviser Code of Conduct by a ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “You’ve got an awesome, kick-arse woman like Martha Lane Fox in there. And then you’ve got some of the oldest, most experienced politicians who you frankly last saw on Spitting... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Michael Gove is gone but not forgotten in the Department for Education. Its ground-floor reception area has an impressive gallery of photos of every single Secretary of State s... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said Theresa May’s suggestion in her conference speech that the Liberal Democrats had put children’s lives at risk by blocking the so-called Snoopers’ Charter was “outrageous misinformation”. “I thought it was one of t... Continue to article
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has summoned the Chinese ambassador over concerns about the handling of protests in Hong Kong. Continue to article
Nick Clegg confirmed plans to summon the Chinese ambassador over Beijing's handling of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. "I'll be summoning the Chinese ambassador to express to the ambassador my dismay and alarm at the way in which the C... Continue to article
A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister: Tweets from Nick Clegg on the protests in Hong Kong: 1. I sympathise a great deal with the brave pro-democracy demonstrators taking to the streets of Hong Kong. 2. The UK remains c... Continue to article
Nick Clegg pledged that any proposal to pursue British military action against Islamic State forces in Syria would be put to a vote in Parliament. “What we are choosing to do as a government, as I just suggested, is we’re not claiming to... Continue to article
COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL SHOWS MILIBAND’S “FORGOTTEN” PASSAGES ARE LABOUR’S WEAKEST ISSUES Following today’s suggestions that Ed Miliband forgot key sections of his Labour Party Conference speech, newly published ComRes polling for I... Continue to article
Nick Clegg confirmed Lib Dem support for airstrikes in Iraq. "When this issue is debated and voted on in parliament on Friday, the Liberal Democrats will support the airstrikes in Iraq for the following reasons: firstly because it is leg... Continue to article
The British people are fed up with business as usual. They’re fed up of being told the economy is growing again when their wages and living standards are not. They’re fed up of zero hours contracts, the necessity for foodbanks, the cal... Continue to article
Conference, no doubt you've seen the Tories on Twitter encouraging people to “hashtag share the facts”. Well why don’t we do that Conference? Why don’t we share the facts about this Conservative Government: Like the tax cut for mil... Continue to article
Although measuring success in opposition has long confounded political observers, a fair judge might be favourably disposed to Labour’s Lordly performance over the past four years. Nearly a hundred division lobby wins, approximate... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves has attacked her Government counterpart Iain Duncan Smith in her speech at conference, saying that “everything he touches turns into a complete and utter shambles”. The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary also said she had ... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
Nick Clegg welcomed the outcome of the independence referendum but said it was a “ferociously fought campaign”. “Obviously the referendum was a momentous event in the history of Scotland and the United Kingdom. I suspect everybody will r... Continue to article
More than 60% of MPs believe the Barnett formula used to distribute UK funding to Scotland should be changed in the event of a ‘No’ vote in today’s referendum - despite a pledge from party leaders to keep it, a new poll reveals. All ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg insisted that devolution of new powers to Scotland should be accompanied by a change in voting arrangements in Westminster. The Deputy Prime Minister said: "I think that when the decision is made in the coming months and le... Continue to article
Zac Goldsmith said Nick Clegg's recall bill is a 'con'. "It’s more or less exactly the same as the bill he introduced two or three years ago which had the same title. It’s a con because it’s an attempt to convey an impression to people t... Continue to article
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
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
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
Alex Salmond describes the visit of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to Scotland on Wednesday as 'counterproductive' and 'a last gasp piece of desperation from the Westminster establishment'. Continue to article
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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