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'No cover up' of historic abuse

Nick Clegg has dismissed the possibility that decades of child abuse could have been deliberately covered up by successive go…

  • Lib Dems in new fundraising row
    Lib Dems in new fundraising row Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats are embroiled in a fresh fundraising row over a donation alleged to have "bought" access to Nick Clegg. More »

  • Lib Dems can win, insists Clegg
    Lib Dems can win, insists Clegg Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Liberal Democrats can thwart Alex Salmond's bid to return to Westminster, Nick Clegg will claim today as he insists his party "can and will win" in the general election. More »

  • Anger As Lib Dems Deliver 'Yellow Budget'
    Anger As Lib Dems Deliver 'Yellow Budget' Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Danny Alexander struggled to make himself heard in the House of Commons as he attempted to deliver the Liberal Democrats' "yellow budget". The Chief Secretary to the Treasury was heckled by Labour MPs who accused him of using "ministerial privileges" for "purely party political purposes". Amid heated exchanges, Mr Alexander was so badly heckled he was forced to accuse one Labour MP "ranting like a lunatic". Labour MPs also jeered Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as he left the Commons before Mr Alexander had finished speaking. More »

  • Clegg: Time to back Palestine state
    Clegg: Time to back Palestine state Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Nick Clegg has called on David Cameron to recognise a Palestinian state in response to a new hard-line stance from Israel. More »

  • Clegg: Lib Dems 'too male and pale'
    Clegg: Lib Dems 'too male and pale' Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Nick Clegg has indicated he could back "radical" action to increase the number of women in his parliamentary party as he claimed Labour and the Tories were able to dish winnable seats out like "consolation prizes" to would-be MPs. More »

  • UK to raise minimum wage by 3 percent, biggest rise since 2008
    UK to raise minimum wage by 3 percent, biggest rise since 2008 Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's minimum wage will rise by 3 percent to 6.70 pounds per hour, the biggest real-terms increase since 2008, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, presenting the rise as a measure of economic strength before a May 7 election. Conservative party leader Cameron announced the changes, recommended by a government body last month, in a joint statement with Nick Clegg, leader of the junior coalition partner the Liberal Democrats. Both leaders hailed a move that could help counter campaigning from the opposition Labour party, which argues that the government has overseen a squeeze on living standards over the past five years. Labour wants to raise the minimum wage to 8 pounds by 2020. More »

  • Minimum Wage Boost 'To Give Britain A Pay Rise'
    Minimum Wage Boost 'To Give Britain A Pay Rise' Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The minimum wage will rise by 20p to £6.70 an hour this October, benefiting 1.4 million low-paid workers. David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced the Coalition has accepted the 3% rise recommended by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for all workers aged over 21. The Trades Union Congress said the low paid workers in line for an increase were also those who had been hardest hit by Coalition cuts. More »

  • Clegg Insists Lib Dems Are 'Here To Stay'
    Clegg Insists Lib Dems Are 'Here To Stay' Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has delivered a defiant pre-election message at his party's spring conference by insisting the Liberal Democrats will do "better than anyone thinks" at the 7 May election. Despite opinion polls indicating the Lib Dems could lose dozens of seats, the Deputy Prime Minister told delegates that the party "can and will win" in areas where it can mount a strong campaign on the doorstep. Hailing the party's "incredible resilience", he declared: "It is because of our resilience that Britain has a strong, stable Government and a strong, stable recovery. "It is because of our resilience that we have been able to achieve incredible things. More »

  • Clegg fears Ukip or SNP influence
    Clegg fears Ukip or SNP influence Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has warned against allowing a "rag tag mob" of MPs from Ukip or the SNP to hold the balance of power after the general election, insisting the Liberal Democrats were the only party able to form part of a government that would stand up for modern Britain. More »

  • Child Mental Health Services Get £1.25bn Boost
    Child Mental Health Services Get £1.25bn Boost Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    An extra £1.25bn will be spent on services for people suffering from mental health problems, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. The cash will help more than 100,000 youngsters needing mental health services over the next five years, Nick Clegg announced. He said the way children had been treated before by the system was an "institutionalised form of cruelty". Mr Clegg made the announcement during a visit to Clock View Hospital in Liverpool. More »

  • Coalition 'made final decisions'
    Coalition 'made final decisions' Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    The final significant decisions of the coalition Government have already been taken, Nick Clegg declared as he warned George Osborne's future plans for the country's economy under a Tory majority would be "deeply regressive and unfair". More »

  • Power proves toxic for Britain's LibDem leader
    Power proves toxic for Britain's LibDem leader Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Shortly before Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg formed a government with the Conservatives in 2010, Angela Merkel is said to have remarked that in coalitions "The little party always gets smashed!" More »

  • Clegg: No wrongdoing by Lib Dem MPs
    Clegg: No wrongdoing by Lib Dem MPs Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has denied any wrongdoing by Liberal Democrat MPs after a party fundraiser faced allegations that he sought to bypass donation laws. More »

  • Teachers could get 2% pay rise
    Teachers could get 2% pay rise Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Teachers could get a pay rise of up to 2% after a proposed salary package was signed off by the Government despite what Nick Clegg called a "fierce" battle with Chancellor George Osborne. More »

  • Clegg picks Tory as island partner
    Clegg picks Tory as island partner Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Nick Clegg has picked Tory Ken Clarke to be his companion if he ends up stranded on a desert island. More »

  • Do Gordon Brown and the pro-EU left think North Korea is the only country outside …
    Do Gordon Brown and the pro-EU left think North Korea is the only country outside … Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    When I saw our former Prime Minister Gordon Brown had said Britain outside the EU would be like North Korea, I felt sorry for the poor man. Brown really does think that, as he revealed in an article in the Guardian in March. During his days as prime minister, Brown's alleged defence of the ongoing Afghan war was essentially that sending British citizens to be killed on Afghan streets ensured they would not die on British streets. Despite that, it is such a shame to see Brown descend to the level of Nick Clegg, of all people. More »

  • UK economy can beat Germany - Clegg
    UK economy can beat Germany - Clegg Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The UK will overtake France and Germany to become Europe's biggest economy within 20 years under Liberal Democrat plans for growth, Nick Clegg will say today. More »

  • Political Times: The TV debate row, Ukip's immigration plan and Nick Clegg …
    Political Times: The TV debate row, Ukip's immigration plan and Nick Clegg … Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The issue of TV debates ahead of the general election has reignited after Ed Miliband pressed David Cameron on the matter. Nick Clegg, his Coalition Government partner, accused the prime minister of holding Sky, Channel 4, the BBC and ITV "to ransom". Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell went further. Nigel Farage stressed that the proposal was "positive" and "normal". More »

  • Lib Dems offer power to Cornwall
    Lib Dems offer power to Cornwall Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Cornwall would enjoy greater legislative power as part of a devolution law under the Liberal Democrats, party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has outlined today. More »

  • PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates
    PM Accused Of Bullying Broadcasters On Debates Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    David Cameron has been accused of trying to "bully" broadcasters into dropping plans for a head-to-head election debate with Ed Miliband. The Prime Minister has said he will only take part in one TV election debate, ruling out a contest with the Labour leader. Downing Street now says the Prime Minister is only prepared to participate in a 90-minute debate with at least seven party leaders before the end of March. Speaking on his weekly LBC radio phone-in Nick Clegg offered to stand in for Mr Cameron in a debate with the Labour leader. More »

  • Anti-Drug Campaigns 'Can Raise Drugs Risk'
    Anti-Drug Campaigns 'Can Raise Drugs Risk' Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Anti-drugs campaigns have "little impact" and can actually increase the chance of people taking drugs, a report to Home Secretary Theresa May has found. Publicity campaigns, drug awareness sessions in schools and media campaigns did not help to prevent young people from taking illegal substances, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs found. It added that there was "little clear evidence of what works in drug prevention". It comes after Nick Clegg announced Liberal Democrat proposals that would mean those caught with small amounts of drugs would not face criminal prosecution and doctors would be able to prescribe cannabis for medical use. More »

  • Drug reform call as Mexican president visits London
    Drug reform call as Mexican president visits London Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Business tycoon Richard Branson and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Wednesday called for drug law reform, highlighting failures in Mexico as President Enrique Pena Nieto visited Britain. More »

  • Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun
    Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is ready to rule out a new coalition with the Conservatives over its plan to hold a European Union referendum, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday. Citing an unnamed source close to Clegg, the leader of junior coalition partner the Liberal Democrats, The Sun said he will not sign up to another deal after the May 7 general election if it includes a commitment to hold a referendum on EU membership. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to put Britain's continuing EU membership to a public vote by the end of 2017 if he wins the upcoming election. "This is pretty much a red line for Nick (Clegg)," an unnamed source close to the Deputy PM told The Sun. "There is no way he will sign up to the plans that will allow the Tories to set the terms of a renegotiation, carry it out and then hold a referendum that could see Britain leave the EU." This month Clegg warned that a British EU exit would force Scotland to break away from the rest of the UK. More »

  • Clegg makes NHS funding pledge
    Clegg makes NHS funding pledge Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The NHS would receive billions of extra funding if the Liberal Democrats have a hand in the next UK government, Nick Clegg has told his party faithful. More »

  • Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise
    Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband will today outline Labour's election promise to reduce tuition fees - rolling back some of the increase which was implemented by the coalition. Under the party's plans, the cap on undergraduate fees would be reduced from £9,000 to £6,000 per year. Mr Miliband first expressed aspirations of introducing this policy in 2011 - and the shadow cabinet minister responsible for realising it, Chuka Umunna, described the process as "long and tortuous". At an audience with students in Leeds, the Labour leader will say: "We all know that under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the fee cap for full-time undergraduates was trebled to £9,000 per year. More »

  • New devolved powers to be unveiled
    New devolved powers to be unveiled Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    New powers will be devolved to Wales under "landmark" plans being announced by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. More »

  • Clegg: Keep vulnerable out of jail
    Clegg: Keep vulnerable out of jail Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Thousands of offenders are being jailed unnecessarily, Nick Clegg has warned as he promised to press for more early interventions to stop vulnerable people going to prison if the Liberal Democrats are in government after the general election. More »

  • Clegg to make childcare pledge
    Clegg to make childcare pledge Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Working parents of very young children would be offered 15 hours of free early education a week, saving families about £2,600 a year, under Liberal Democrat plans, Nick Clegg will say today. More »

  • Parties in pact on climate change
    Parties in pact on climate change Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have agreed to work together to tackle climate change, as they warned it posed a threat to national security and economic prosperity. More »

  • Leaders pledge climate push, curb on coal plants
    Leaders pledge climate push, curb on coal plants Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of Britain’s three main parties have pledged to end power generation from coal plants that don’t use emissions-capturing technology, and to push for a global climate deal, according to a document published on Saturday. Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband said that acting on climate change "is an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy, which is more efficient and more resilient to the risks ahead." The pledge comes ahead of a national election in Britain in May and a day after almost 200 nations agreed a draft text for a global climate deal expected in Paris at the end of the year. More »

  • Top Lib Dem attacks 'insipid' Clegg
    Top Lib Dem attacks 'insipid' Clegg Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Nick Clegg has been accused by a senior Liberal Democrat MP of offering voters "insipid moderation" and retreating into the party's "comfort zone". More »

  • General election 2015: David Cameron drives train to show country 'on t …
    General election 2015: David Cameron drives train to show country 'on t … Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron drove a train in the East Midlands city of Derby on Thursday (12 February) as part of his electoral campaigning and to show the country was on track and well-led. The photo opportunity came as the Bank of England (BoE) published its quarterly report saying UK inflation would continue to stay low for the rest of the year. This issue has preoccupied the media and voters a few months before a general election that polls show will be even closer to call than the previous one which delivered a coalition between Cameron's Conservative party and Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats. The opposition Labour party is sure to use Cameron's train ride to describe his leadership as a train wreck. More »

  • Assange Security 'Sucking' Police Resources
    Assange Security 'Sucking' Police Resources Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The UK's most senior police chief says he is reviewing the operation to guard WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because it is "sucking" their resources. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week revealed the cost of the surveillance operation outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London had reached around £10m. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told LBC radio: "We are reviewing the way forward there. Police officers guarding the building in Knightsbridge are under orders to arrest him if he leaves. More »

  • Fresh poll blow for Nick Clegg
    Fresh poll blow for Nick Clegg Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Nick Clegg was dealt a fresh poll blow when it emerged errors in a survey last year meant he was actually found to be trailing Labour by three points in the fight to hold on to his own seat - not ahead by the same margin. More »

  • Assange team studies Clegg comments
    Assange team studies Clegg comments Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has asked his legal team to study comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to see if they were defamatory. More »