Articles tagged with Nick Clegg
by Holly Smith / 14 Sep 2011 13:37
Nick Clegg marched forward on his mission to walk the fine line between keeping the bonds within the coalition strong whilst also keeping the Liberal Democrats happy in a key economic speech at the London School of Economics.
Clegg supported government policy on the reform of planning permission, whilst also keeping the Liberal Democrats happy when calling for the ‘deepening and widening of the single market’.
by Richard Roberts / 13 Sep 2011 13:07
The dust is beginning to settle after the scrum caused by MPs in Portcullis House yesterday lunchtime, all desperate to get their hands on a copy of the Boundary Commission’s proposals for changing constituency boundaries in England. While there is still a lengthy consultation process to come, the impact this review is likely to have on the futures of sitting MPs is beginning to become clear. Many in Westminster today still seem to be
by Caroline Crampton / 12 Sep 2011 17:53
The Lib Dem delegates voted at their spring conference for their ministers to reconsider the NHS reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Bill, something that has been cited as a major prompt of the 'pause' in Andrew Lansley's legislation and a victory for the party's grassroots.
But there will be no such chance for the grassroots to assert themselves at next week's autumn conference. This afternoon, at a media briefing, Nick
by Charlotte Henry / 01 Sep 2011 12:43
This, the first biography of Nick Clegg by journalist and Lib Dem activist Chris Bowers, feels a little premature. Clegg’s rapid rise to the top, becoming deputy prime minister aged just 43, is well outlined by Bowers, but there is scant new information, and the text is padded with seemingly irrelevant asides, and over zealous analysis of political circumstance. The result is a feeling of a story nowhere near its conclusion. Bowers' membership of
by Dylan Sharpe / 01 Sep 2011 10:14
In an effort to get the masses more interested in politics, Parliament has taken a cue from football and instituted a transfer deadline day, after which Party leaders are unable to make alterations to their cabinets. With just hours to go, BBC and Sky reporters sit outside the offices of the major political parties and have frantic roving reporters ready to jump in a helicopter to secure the first word on the latest transfers.
by Caroline Crampton / 22 Aug 2011 13:53
Speaking at the British Council, Nick Clegg praised the group of young people assembled there from Tunisia and Egypt for their “unusual mix of idealism and pragmatism”. In his own speech to them, he reflected just this combination of attitudes.
“Assad is as irrelevant to Syria's future as Gaddafi is to Libya's,” he declared. “The genie is out of the bottle. Eventually these regimes will have to make space for the people who
by Charlotte Henry / 16 Aug 2011 12:35
The recent riots across the UK have forced everyone to reassess our society, our communities, and our politics. Indeed, it has got me to reassess some of my thoughts on our leading politicians. I am a supporter of this coalition government, I believe it is doing many positive, liberal things, and has been ably led by someone who I consider to be a fairly liberal conservative. However, David Cameron's response to the riots has
by Amber Elliott / 16 Aug 2011 10:47
Today Nick Clegg outlined a programme of rehabilitation and community payback for those involved in the England riots last week.
Labour leader Ed Miliband chose to speak about the riots at his old school yesterday, while David Cameron delivered a speech on suitable punishments in front of a wall of colourful graffiti.
The deputy prime minister's setting was rather different. Surrounded by oil paintings with scenes from Captain Cook’s second voyage, the
by Fern Tomlinson / 08 Aug 2011 11:58
David Lammy MP: “For every person on camera throwing stones there will be 1,000 others off camera rebuilding what has been destroyed. This is the Tottenham I was born in, the Tottenham I grew up in and that I live in”. (Mirror)
Nick de Bois MP: Those involved in the riots “moved into residential streets once the police got near and got into Golf GTIs to speed to their next
by Charlotte Henry / 20 Jul 2011 14:39
There is nothing like a good old crisis to separate the wheat from the chaff, and phone hacking has been no different. Who then, has come out looking good from this fiasco, and who hasn’t?
Ed Miliband: Pushed his luck a bit when he implied Cameron should stand down as PM, but for the most part Ed M has done what he needed to do, and made sure that the issue
by Gareth Hill / 19 Jul 2011 09:32
Baroness D’Souza has been announced as the new Lord Speaker of the House of Lords. The vote held on 13 July, revealed today, showed that she led in every round as four candidates were eliminated. In the final round she won with 296 votes to 285 for Lord Colwyn.
The former scientist, who worked for such institutions as Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine and the UN, entered the House in 2004
by Martin Shapland / 15 Jul 2011 00:00
For the last 14 months the Liberal Democrats have been in rough seas, tossed about over the waves of tuition fees and the AV referendum and sailing dangerously close to the rocks of electoral oblivion, its erstwhile supporters stood on the shoreline trying to decide whether to send aid or berate the party for losing its way in the fog.
The direction of travel was a deliberate choice. In May 2010