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When sorry seems to be the hardest word

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

by Aisha Gani / 20 Sep 2012 11:08

Nick Clegg’s apology about breaking his 2010 election pledge to scrap tuition fees may not have the effect he hopes for – what with students who are the first to be hit with the trebled £9000 tuition fees starting fresher’s week.

In a party political broadcast to be aired during the Lib Dem conference, he says: “There is no easy way to say this: we made a pledge. We didn't stick to it

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Is DPMQs useless?

Is DPMQs useless?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 13 Sep 2012 14:37

As if deputy PM Nick Clegg hadn’t been sidelined enough in the last parliamentary term, his version of PMQs - Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions - was labelled “useless” in this morning’s first culture questions put to new culture secretary Maria Miller and culture minister Hugh Robertson.

Originally supported by Labour, with deputy leader Harriet Harman keen to hold Clegg to account - Harman is his Miliband in the scenario - it seems

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Chancellor slams shut Clegg's emergency tax plan

Chancellor slams shut Clegg's emergency tax plan

by Aisha Gani / 29 Aug 2012 13:01

Nick Clegg’s demands today for an emergency tax on Britain’s wealthiest – in order to rescue Britain from its economic troubles – was effectively slammed shut by the Chancellor this morning.  The deputy prime minister made this bold plan just as recess ends, and as George Osborne came back from his summer holiday.  This political positioning is an indication of the less collegial tone of Coalition colleagues that we can expect from the next

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Political leaders at the Olympics

Political leaders at the Olympics

by Amber Elliott / 10 Aug 2012 09:37

Photo opportunities at the Olympic Games are ripe for the picking for our top politicians.

Yesterday, David Cameron confessed that he was being kept awake by the music at the beach volleyball, with certain songs  being played "every ten minutes" at Horse Guards Parade.

"It's all very amusing for five minutes until you try to get the children to sleep," he told Metro.

"They have Moves like Jagger every sort

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Cameron: My son wants to be known as 'Elwen Wiggins'

Cameron: My son wants to be known as 'Elwen Wiggins'

by Amber Elliott / 08 Aug 2012 09:42

David Cameron admitted there is a "fundamental disagreement" between himself and Nick Clegg, after the DPM revealed that his party will vote against proposed boundary changes.

But he maintained that they still had a good coalition relationship, stating that both parties were unlikely to agree on everything.

However, when asked whether he would prefer Clegg or Boris Johnson as his double skulls partner, the prime minister told LBC97.3 he would chose

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Live: Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

Live: Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

by Vicky Wong / 10 Jul 2012 14:31

Deputy Prime Minister's Questions has concluded

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Tim Farron asks if Clegg will look into lowering the voting age to 16 to allow younger people get get involved.

Clegg acknowledges the demographic of Parliament and that a large number of people come from London and the South East.

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Paul Flynn asks if one day the British public will be able to elect their head of state.

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Richard Reeves' parting gift to the Lib Dems

Richard Reeves' parting gift to the Lib Dems

by Amber Elliott / 06 Jul 2012 09:19

The Independent has splashed the news that a senior aide to Nick Clegg has warned that the Liberal Democrats could scupper Conservative plans for boundary changes.

Richard Reeves has said that there would be "broader consequences" for the government's programme of parliamentary reform if Tory rebels defeat a motion to cut short debate on the House of Lords Reform Bill.

"The idea that failure to deliver a government commitment on Lords

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Nick Clegg feels 'lobotomised'

Nick Clegg feels 'lobotomised'

by Ben Duckworth / 03 Jul 2012 14:00

It is summer party time in Westminster but the weather in London at the moment is hardly conducive to drinking Pimms outside.

Nick Clegg’s confession at last night’s CentreForum do that he feels "lobotomised" in government made for an overcast speech by the deputy prime minister.

He was praising the work of the Liberal think tank and its ability to keep developing radical ideas.

It is a bit depressing to think

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Miriam González Durántez: the 'third lady'

Miriam González Durántez: the 'third lady'

by Amber Elliott / 21 Jun 2012 09:30

Miriam González Durántez has prided herself on her independence from her husband's political career, so her latest nickname in the Spanish media may cause a flicker of annoyance.

Spanish glossy title Telva described the international lawyer as "Britain's third lady", falling in line after the Queen and Samantha Cameron.

In an interview with the magazine, Mrs Nick Clegg also explains how they first met in Bruges as students.

She knew

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Live: Nick Clegg and Alex Salmond at Leveson

Live: Nick Clegg and Alex Salmond at Leveson

by Vicky Wong / 13 Jun 2012 09:30

The Leveson Inquiry will resume tomorrow at 10am to hear from David Cameron.

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Summary of today's evidence

Salmond was supportive of the BSkyB bid in terms of job creation and investment for Scotland. He said he agreed to try and convince the relevant secretary of state over the economics of the BSkyB bid for Scotland but stops short Of saying there was a deal with Murdoch.

Salmond has never

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Clegg’s core compromised by coalition

Clegg’s core compromised by coalition

by Tom Rollins / 22 May 2012 17:21

“For liberals, this is core stuff.” So spoke Nick Clegg today at the Sutton Trust, in a much-discussed speech on the need to promote social mobility.

His address should be praised for bringing class – always a loaded word in this country – back into mainstream discussion, at a time John Prescott’s claim that “we’re all middle class now” looks increasingly hollow to a lot of voters. However the jury is still out

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Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

by Emma Burnell / 15 May 2012 11:55

It’s reshuffle time again. Let joy in Westminster be uncontained. Rumours abound. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s in, out or sideways?

For Labour questions include the unlikely Will this be a glorious leftist revolution? and the more likely Will it be steady as she goes? The coalition have more to worry about right now. Does Cameron have enough women in the Tory Party to move Theresa May, Cheryl Gillan, Baroness Warsi

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