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Labour On SNP 'Life Support System' - Clegg

Labour On SNP 'Life Support System' - Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has ruled out joining a government propped up "on a life support system" by the SNP. Mr C…

  • Election 2015: Sheffield Hallam turns on 'traitor' Nick Clegg as Labour …
    Election 2015: Sheffield Hallam turns on 'traitor' Nick Clegg as Labour … Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Sheffield Hallam is on the brink of electing its first ever Labour MP after voters in the Yorkshire constituency turned their back on Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. Earlier this month, a Lord Ashcroft Poll into Lib Dem battlegrounds put Clegg two points behind Oliver Coppard, the upstart Labour candidate hoping to turn the seat red. The deputy prime minister was re-elected in 2010 with a huge 53.4% majority, with the Conservatives and Labour in second and third with 23% and 16% respectively. As part of our series of films from marginal constituencies, IBTimes UK went to Sheffield Hallam to investigate why momentum had shifted. More »

  • Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Divide, Poll
    Majority Of Scots Think Union Will Divide, Poll Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Almost half of Scots believe the election campaign has made a divide in the union more likely - and a majority now think Scotland could become independent in their lifetimes, according to a survey for Sky News. And 55% think Scotland will become independent in their lifetime. The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon came out on top, followed by David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg came further behind. More »

  • Lib Dems Pledge To Boost Public Sector Pay
    Lib Dems Pledge To Boost Public Sector Pay Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Millions of nurses, teachers and police officers will be spared further pay cuts under the Liberal Democrats, with Nick Clegg promising "light at the end of the tunnel" after years of austerity. The Lib Dem leader has pledged a rise in wages for public sector staff at least in line with inflation next year and the year after, ending the coalition's pay restraint policy. Under the Lib Dem plans, the wages of public sector workers will not fall in real terms for two years from 2016, and will then rise above inflation once the deficit has been dealt with. Mr Clegg said: "Five-and-a-half million public sector workers across the country - nurses, doctors, social workers - have seen their pay cut in real terms over the last half decade. More »

  • Election 2015: Political pig racing could predict the outcome
    Election 2015: Political pig racing could predict the outcome Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    There were five runners lining up to start the race: representing Labour is Ed Swiliband (Ed Miliband), David Hameron (David Cameron) is running for the Conservatives with Nigel Forage (Nigel Farage) for Ukip. The Liberal Democrats have Pork Clegg (Nick Clegg) and Pork Scratching is representing the other parties. Sometimes they can make you feel pig sick, often they are hamming it up," said Chris Murray, race organiser. More »

  • Grant Shapps: Politicians react to Wikipedia editing claims
    Grant Shapps: Politicians react to Wikipedia editing claims Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    David Cameron has come to the defence of Grant Shapps after the Conservative chairman was accused of anonymously editing his own entry, and those of other Tory politicians on internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The Prime Minister was asked about Mr Shapps and insisted the Welwyn Hatfield MP was doing a "great job". Earlier, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg mocked Shapps, who used the pseudonym Michael Green for his internet business. It just could have been someone else: Michael Green, for instance," said Clegg. More »

  • Nick Clegg's Wife Reveals Secret Food Blog
    Nick Clegg's Wife Reveals Secret Food Blog Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Nick Clegg's wife has been writing an anonymous food blog for the last three years without telling Lib Dem party officials. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez revealed she and her three sons regularly upload their favourite recipes to the blog. The 46-year-old, the daughter of two Spanish teachers, made the the revelation during an online chat on the website Mumsnet. Ms Gonzalez Durantez, who has been married to Mr Clegg since 2000 after meeting him while he was working in Europe, wrote on Mumsnet: "I am careful at what I eat. More »

  • Nick Clegg Calls On PM To Rule Out UKIP Deal
    Nick Clegg Calls On PM To Rule Out UKIP Deal Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Nick Clegg has challenged David Cameron to rule out a post-election deal with UKIP, saying everyone knows the Tories will not win a majority. He made the call as the Prime Minister claimed Nigel Farage's party would be "lucky if they have even one seat" after the May poll. Refusing to be drawn on a possible alliance with UKIP, Mr Cameron said he was campaigning for a majority at Westminster, warning a Labour government propped up by the SNP was a "frightening prospect". But addressing activists in Portsmouth, Mr Clegg referred to Mr Cameron's repeated refusal to rule out entering into an alliance with UKIP. More »

  • Labour's Miliband wins final TV debate of election campaign - poll
    Labour's Miliband wins final TV debate of election campaign - poll Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband won the final TV debate of the election campaign on Thursday, a snap poll showed, but Prime Minister David Cameron declined to take part and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was not included. With most opinion polls showing Cameron's Conservatives neck-and-neck with Labour ahead of the May 7 vote, set to be the closest British election since the 1970s, both parties are seeking a game-changing moment. Thursday's poll, conducted by Survation and the Daily Mirror newspaper immediately after the TV debate had finished, showed 35 percent of those asked thought Miliband had won the debate, while 31 percent believed Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon had triumphed. More »

  • IMF Issues Deficit Warning Ahead Of Election
    IMF Issues Deficit Warning Ahead Of Election Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has unwittingly entered a crucial debate on the economy ahead of the General Election, warning the UK will not be able to balance its books by 2020. The report came as the leaders of five opposition parties go head-to-head - while David Cameron and Nick Clegg stayed on the campaign trail. The deficit is among the topics on discussion as Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and Nigel Farage (UKIP) square up for the televised debate. More »

  • Clegg orders aid for Smith probe
    Clegg orders aid for Smith probe Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Nick Clegg has ordered all Liberal Democrat MPs and peers to cooperate with police and hand over any relevant information on former MP Cyril Smith. More »

  • Election Challengers Set For Live TV Debate
    Election Challengers Set For Live TV Debate Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The five party leaders who are the challengers in next month's General Election will go head-to-head later - with the absent David Cameron and Nick Clegg hitting the campaign trail instead. Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and Nigel Farage (UKIP) will square up for another televised debate. Mr Miliband will be positioned to the far left next to Ms Wood and Mr Farage to the far right next to Ms Sturgeon with Ms Bennett in the middle of the group. More »

  • Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes'
    Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes' Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has warned against a coalition that would see Nigel Farage or Alex Salmond walk through the doors of Number 10 as he launched his party's manifesto. More »

  • Liberals pitch for election centre ground
    Liberals pitch for election centre ground Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg set out the Liberal Democrats' general election pitch on Wednesday, promising to be an anchor in another coalition government. More »

  • Clegg promises 'a heart' for Tories
    Clegg promises 'a heart' for Tories Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has staked the Liberal Democrats' claim to remain in government by promising that his party would give "a heart" to Conservatives and "a brain" to Labour in coalition. More »

  • This manifesto shows the Lib Dems have given up on liberalism
    This manifesto shows the Lib Dems have given up on liberalism Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    On the face of it, there is much for liberals to admire in the Liberal Democrat manifesto. They want to introduce a time limit for immigration detention. Nick Clegg didn’t even mention them during his speech. Most prominent is the economy, then health, education, tax, climate change, the environment, jobs and welfare, young people, pensions and then, finally, at the end, the issues liberals traditionally care about: crime and punishment, immigration, freedom and reforming politics. More »

  • Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto
    Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has pledged to protect spending on education from ages two to 19 as a central part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The Lib Dem leader says his party, unlike Labour or the Conservatives, will maintain funding for nurseries, schools and further education institutions in real terms and per pupil. On the NHS, the Lib Dems have pledged to meet what is described as a potential funding shortfall of £8bn per year by the end of the next parliament. The Lib Dems are focussing on tried and tested policy ideas for their manifesto. More »

  • Election 2015: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg plans to woo parents with £2.5bn education …
    Election 2015: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg plans to woo parents with £2.5bn education … Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg will attempt to win over the parent vote ahead of the general election when he promises to pump £2.5bn ($3.6bn) of extra funding into England's education budget. The pledge will be unveiled as the Liberal Democrat leader launches his party's manifesto today, with just weeks to go before polling day on 7 May. The Liberal Democrats said the additional cash is equivalent to paying for 70,000 teachers and 10,000 learning support assistants for the 460,000 extra children starting school through the next parliament. Clegg will bill the Liberal Democrats as "the party of education" on the back of pledge and stress that he wants to "make sure that every child in Britain has a world class education". More »

  • Clegg's plan to balance the books
    Clegg's plan to balance the books Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Nick Clegg will promise "light at the end of the tunnel" as he sets out Liberal Democrat tax and spending plans designed to eliminate Britain's deficit by 2017/18. More »

  • Redruth Undecided As Tories Hold Upper Hand
    Redruth Undecided As Tories Hold Upper Hand Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Redruth and Camborne has shown remarkable fluctuations over recent years, and is the scene of a bitter battle in which all three parties are not without hope (and UKIP has a look-in too). In 2010 it was the scene of one of the closest battles of the whole election - amid recrimination and accusations of dirty tricks, the Conservative George Eustice took the seat by a mere 50 votes. This time, if the most recent Lord Ashcroft polling is to believed (his survey was carried out in late March), the Lib Dem support has fallen back significantly and Labour are the Conservatives' most realistic challengers. I visited the seat midway through the second week of the campaign, jumping ahead of the Lib Dem battle bus which stopped off to allow Nick Clegg and the travelling press pack a few moments of respite from the political fray, larking about in the treetops of Go Ape near Exeter. More »

  • The most embarrassing election leaflets of 2015
    The most embarrassing election leaflets of 2015 Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    As campaigning steps up another gear, voters are starting to come across election leaflets – and using social media to mock them.Even the slightest slip-up attracts derision. There’s a bit of a theme in this election of candidates studiously failing to publicise who their leader is. Especially if that leader is Nick Clegg. There have been the usual gripes about factual inaccuracies and scorn for candidates’ tactical voting claims, but nothing has quite topped the SNP’s suggestion that a Lib Dem MP is retiring – when he very much isn’t. More »

  • Lib Dem Vow To Help 'Clipped Wing Generation'
    Lib Dem Vow To Help 'Clipped Wing Generation' Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Nick Clegg has announced a new scheme aimed at helping young people who would like to leave home but are struggling to find the money to get into the private rental sector. The Help To Rent scheme would provide a deposit to young people who are in full-time employment in the form of a government-backed loan. The Lib Dems believe there would be a very significant take-up of the loans of up to £1,500 for those outside London, or £2,000 in London. The announcement follows hard on the heels of another Lib Dem plan entitled Rent To Own, set out at the party's spring conference in early March, which is aimed at helping young people who would prefer to own their own home rather than just rent. More »

  • Lib Dem 'boomerang generation' vow
    Lib Dem 'boomerang generation' vow Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Grown-up children stuck living with their parents would be able to claim a Government loan of up to £2,000 to move out and rent their own home under proposals set out by Nick Clegg. More »

  • Clegg cautions against Tory vote
    Clegg cautions against Tory vote Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    David Cameron could be "taken hostage" by Ukip and "loopy" right-wing Tories if he attempts to lead a minority government after May 7, Nick Clegg has warned. More »

  • Political Times: Spoof boybands, Joey meets Nigel and the Norman Lamb inter …
    Political Times: Spoof boybands, Joey meets Nigel and the Norman Lamb inter … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    This week Ed Miliband, David Cameron, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg have got together for a sing song. The film mocks the Liberal Democrats, Labour, Ukip and the Tories and paints the Greens as the only real alternative at the general election. Elsewhere, Nigel Farage had a visit from reality star Joey Essex. The odd couple then enjoyed a boat ride from Grimsby Docks. More »

  • Clegg: I'm still full of energy
    Clegg: I'm still full of energy Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Nick Clegg has insisted he is more full of "vim and vigour" now than at the start of the coalition despite five years of criticism about his decisions as Deputy Prime Minister. More »

  • Whisper it: Nick Clegg is actually having a pretty good election
    Whisper it: Nick Clegg is actually having a pretty good election Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Nick Clegg hasn’t looked this happy in years. Opinion polls show Liberal Democrats support has fallen about as far as it can go. Clegg himself looks like he might be about to lose his Sheffield Hallam seat. In college towns and city centres, where they’ve traditionally won by veering to the left of Labour, they are on course to get hammered. More »

  • The Debate: Seven Leaders, Seven Key Moments
    The Debate: Seven Leaders, Seven Key Moments Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    We need to put the National Health Service there for British people and families," the UKIP leader said. Leanne Wood, from Plaid Cymru, was the first to reply to Mr Farage's point – and battled through his interruptions to secure the first round of applause of the evening. Another barbed exchange was between Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, after the Labour leader took the Deputy Prime Minister to task over his U-turn on tuition fees back in 2010. More »

  • Party Leaders Arrive For Debate Showdown
    Party Leaders Arrive For Debate Showdown Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Party leaders are arriving at ITV's studios for a TV showdown which will mark the only time David Cameron and Ed Miliband will debate each other in the General Election campaign. The two-hour event sees the Prime Minister, the Labour leader and Nick Clegg joined by the leaders of UKIP, the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru for a live debate before a 200-strong studio audience in Salford. More »

  • Political Times: Pledges galore, a Cleggxit and Joey Essex in Westminster
    Political Times: Pledges galore, a Cleggxit and Joey Essex in Westminster Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The starting gun was fired when David Cameron asked the Queen to dissolve parliament. Ed Miliband said Labour would slash business rates for small firms but reverse the government's 1% corporation tax cut. Ukip, meanwhile, unveiled their pledge card and the Liberal Democrats will spend £3.5bn on mental health care in England. The survey, of key Liberal Democrat marginals, found that Nick Clegg is set to lose his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour's candidate, Oliver Coppard. More »

  • First TV debate of UK election campaign to pit Cameron against six others
    First TV debate of UK election campaign to pit Cameron against six others Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron will face off against six political rivals later on Thursday in the first TV debate of Britain's national election campaign, hoping the format will allow him to cast himself as a statesman against squabbling pretenders. The contest comes before an unusually close election on May 7 in which neither Cameron's Conservatives nor Ed Miliband's Labour Party have a clear lead, leaving the stewardship of Britain's $2.8 trillion economy in the balance. The debate, due to be held in a former pie factory near the northern city of Manchester, puts leaders of fringe parties like the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the left-wing Green Party on an equal footing with the Conservatives and Labour, who have dominated British politics for decades. Leaders of nationalist parties from Scotland and Wales and Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior party in the country's coalition, complete the lineup. More »

  • I'm going to keep seat, says Clegg
    I'm going to keep seat, says Clegg Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Nick Clegg said he was confident of remaining an MP despite a poll putting Labour ahead by two points in his constituency. More »

  • Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, set to lose seat in election - poll
    Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, set to lose seat in election - poll Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Nick Clegg, Britain's deputy prime minister and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the country's coalition, is set to lose his seat at a national election next month, according to a poll published on Wednesday. Clegg's centre-left party's share of the vote has more than halved since it joined forces with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in 2010, and polls show Clegg has gone from being the most popular party leader to the least liked now. A constituency survey commissioned by former Conservative deputy chairman Michael Ashcroft put the opposition Labour Party on 36 percent in Clegg's Sheffield Hallam seat, in northern England, compared to 34 percent for the Liberal Democrats. With opinion polls predicting neither the Conservatives nor Labour will win the May 7 vote outright, Clegg's party could again be called upon to help form a government. More »

  • Joey Essex: Demo-cat boss Legg sick
    Joey Essex: Demo-cat boss Legg sick Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Joey Essex has labelled Nick Clegg's five-year stint as Deputy Prime Minister as "sick" - while learning that he doe s not lead the "Liberal Demo-cats". More »

  • Nick Clegg: Liberal Democrats will 'revolutionise' mental health care …
    Nick Clegg: Liberal Democrats will 'revolutionise' mental health care … Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A Liberal Democrat government will "revolutionise" mental health care in England over the next parliament with £3.5bn ($5.1bn) worth of funding, Nick Clegg has announced. The deputy prime minister also promised to put mental health "front and centre" of the political debate in the run-up to the general election. "Only the Liberal Democrats can keep Britain on track and provide both a stronger economy and a fairer society with strong public services," Clegg argued. The Liberal Democrat's "Manifesto for the Mind" comes as the Tories promise to create two million additional jobs over the next parliament. More »

  • EU exit economic self-harm - Clegg
    EU exit economic self-harm - Clegg Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Leaving the European Union would be an act of economic "self harm", Nick Clegg has said. More »