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  • 08:50 David Laws: Extra schools workload not being spent on teaching On air

    On Air | David Laws MP | Education minister | Sunrise, Sky News Video David Laws MP

    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

  • = 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

    News | BBC source icon

    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

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    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

    Opinion | The Guardian source icon

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 6th October
  • 23:07 Nick Clegg: Junior parties in coalition governments always get the blame On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Nick Clegg MP

    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

  • 19:24 Paul Waugh: LibDem MEP Chris Davies told BBC PM prog tonite Cam put forward several names for UK EuroCommissioner "but Nick Clegg vetoed them" News

    News | Paul Waugh source icon

    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

  • 17:15 Comres/ITV poll: Most British adults (56%) believe that the Liberal Democrats have become irrelevant Press Release

    17:15| Press Release

    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

  • 16:18 Clegg steps up anti-Tory rhetoric at pre-election conference PoliticsHome News

    Clegg steps up anti-Tory rhetoric at pre-election conference PoliticsHome News

    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

  • 10:23 Guardian: Nick Clegg says Camerons tax vows are unfunded moon on a stickpromises News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    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

  • 10:21 Transcript: Kirsty Williams' speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Kirsty Williams' speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    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

  • 08:55 Lorely Burt: Winning support for Lib Dems is not all about Nick Clegg On air

    On Air | Lorely Burt MP | | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Lorely Burt MP

    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

  • 07:22 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems won't join coalition at any cost On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Nick Clegg MP

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 5th October
  • 22:25 Jo Swinson: Lib Dems would not be better without Clegg On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4 Video Nick Clegg MP

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 3rd October
  • 11:35 LibDemVoice exclusive survey of party members Press Release

    11:35| Press Release

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 20:52 Transcript: Lib Dems seek investigation into Home Office comments Transcripts

    Lib Dems seek investigation into Home Office comments Transcripts

    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

  • 20:00 Olly's Army The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Olly's Army

      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

  • 20:00 Laws Abiding The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Laws Abiding

      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

  • 09:02 Nick Clegg: Theresa May's Snoopers' Charter claims were misleading and outrageous On air

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

      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

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 16:06 Clegg Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Protests News

    News | SkyNews source icon

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has summoned the Chinese ambassador over concerns about the handling of protests in Hong Kong. Continue to article

  • 16:05 Nick Clegg: I will summon Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong protests On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 29th September
  • 16:40 Deputy Prime Minister's Office statement: DPM on Hong Kong Protests Press Release

    16:40| Press Release | Deputy Prime Minister's Office

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 25th September
  • 09:40 Nick Clegg: Action against ISIS in Syria would be subject to vote in Parliament On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Wednesday 24th September
  • 18:34 Comres/ITV News poll shows Miliband’s “forgotten” passages are Labour’s weakest issues Press Release

    18:34| Press Release

    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

  • 18:15 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems will support Iraq airstrikes On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 10:58 Transcript: Maria Eagle's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Maria Eagle's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    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

  • 10:40 Transcript: Michael Dugher's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Michael Dugher's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 15:50 Uppity chamber The House Magazine

    15:50 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Uppity chamber

        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

  • 15:12 Rachel Reeves: Everything Iain Duncan Smith touches turns to a shambles PoliticsHome News

    Rachel Reeves: Everything Iain Duncan Smith touches turns to a shambles PoliticsHome News

    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

  • 12:13 Transcript: Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 19th September
  • 13:26 Nick Clegg: Devolution should be driven by people not politicians On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th September
  • 14:57 MPs 'back Barnett formula change' PoliticsHome News

    MPs 'back Barnett formula change' PoliticsHome News MPs 'back Barnett formula change'

      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

  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th September
  • 09:30 Nick Clegg: Devolution should be accompanied by a change Westminster voting On air

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

      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

  • = Key Development Monday 15th September
  • 12:36 Zac Goldsmith: Nick Cleg'ss re-call bill is a con On air

    On Air | Zac Goldsmith MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Zac Goldsmith MP

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 14th September
  • 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

    News | The Guardian source icon

    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

Stories involving Nick Clegg

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.


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.