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  • Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg
    Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg 17 hours ago

    Nick Clegg accused Ukip of running a campaign based on "false claims and fear" as he warned that millions of jobs would be put at risk if the UK left the European Union. More »

  • Clegg urges industry culture change
    Clegg urges industry culture change Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Nick Clegg will demand a culture change across British industry to tackle "old-fashioned attitudes" to flexible, family-friendly working practices. More »

  • Lib Dems 'unaware of Smith abuse'
    Lib Dems 'unaware of Smith abuse' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has again insisted the Liberal Democrats had no knowledge of the child abuse scandal involving the party's former MP Sir Cyril Smith. More »

  • Clegg Demands Iraq Inquiry Report Is Released
    Clegg Demands Iraq Inquiry Report Is Released Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the long-delayed Iraq Inquiry report, stressing the need for lessons to be learned and to "understand the truth". The Lib Dem leader said those likely to be criticised in the findings of the inquiry team, headed by Sir John Chilcot, should accept it was time for the document to be published. Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, who took Britain to war in Iraq, responded to Mr Clegg's comments by denying he was responsible for the delay. The Chilcot inquiry was set up in June 2009, and heard from its final witnesses in February 2011, but its report has been held up because of a row over the release of documents. More »

  • 'Muslim Plot' To Take Over Schools Investigated
    'Muslim Plot' To Take Over Schools Investigated Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A new chief advisor is now being appointed by Birmingham City Council to handle the at least 200 complaints received in relation to Operation Trojan Horse after an unsigned, undated document was sent to the council and teaching unions last year. Whistleblowers - including former staff - have made a number of allegations against schools in Birmingham since the accusations came to light, including one claim the teachings of an al-Qaeda-linked preacher were praised in front of pupils. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was "very, very concerned about allegations that taxpayer-funded schools have become vehicles of particular ideologies". "I have always supported faith schools but the best faith schools use their religious identity as engines of integration rather than silos of segregation," he added. More »

  • Clegg defends party in Smith furore
    Clegg defends party in Smith furore Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Nick Clegg has insisted the Liberal Democrats did not know about the "repugnant" allegations against former MP Sir Cyril Smith. More »

  • Clegg announces garden cities plan
    Clegg announces garden cities plan Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Up to three new garden cities with at least 15,000 homes each will be built to tackle Britain's chronic housing shortage, Nick Clegg will say today. More »

  • UKIP Poll Boost: Tory And Lib Dem Support Falls
    UKIP Poll Boost: Tory And Lib Dem Support Falls Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Nigel Farage's UKIP has been given a boost in a new poll which puts support for the party at 20%, four points higher than last month. It comes after he was said to have come out top in the head-to-head clashes with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg over Britain's future in Europe. It is UKIP's highest rating in a ComRes survey, while the Conservatives have scored their lowest rating so far this year at 29%, down three. The Liberal Democrats have fallen to just 7% - a dip of two points and their lowest since they went into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010. More »

  • Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate
    Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A new poll suggests most of the public believe Nigel Farage should take part in any televised leaders' debates ahead of next year's general election. A Comres poll has found 51% of people think UKIP should be represented alongside David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem Nick Clegg. Even more - 53% - say the Prime Minister would look like a coward if he refused to take on Mr Farage. It comes amid Conservative fears that the right-wing UKIP could top the polls in England in next month's European elections. More »

  • Here’s what the President is up to on day two of his State visit to the UK
    Here’s what the President is up to on day two of his State visit to the UK Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Boris Johnson are all on the slate, as is an address to 700 people. More »

  • Sheffield Half Marathon Axe Sparks Chaos
    Sheffield Half Marathon Axe Sparks Chaos Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Competitors were lining up to begin Sheffield's annual 13-mile race when organisers announced it could not go ahead because there was not enough drinking water for those taking part. Organisers wrote on the official Sheffield Half Marathon's official Twitter page: "It is with huge disappointment & regret that we have been forced to cancel this year's race due to a problem with the delivery of water. Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: "Everyone involved deserves a full explanation of how this farcical situation was allowed to happen. "Sheffield is an outstanding city of sport. More »

  • Farage debates 'a curtain raiser'
    Farage debates 'a curtain raiser' Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Following his high-profile TV debates with Nigel Farage over Europe, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has vowed to step up his campaign for Britain to stay in the EU. More »

  • David Cameron Repeats Backing For TV Debates
    David Cameron Repeats Backing For TV Debates Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    David Cameron has reiterated he is in favour of having television debates before the next election in 2015. The Prime Minister told Sky News he continued to support the idea he agreed to before the last General Election in 2010. Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have both said they will take part. Mr Cameron has previously indicated UKIP leader Nigel Farage - whose party is in third place in the polls ahead of the Lib Dems - should not take part. More »

  • Westminster Times: Burying Bad News, Cameron's Shopping, Badgers and Farage's …
    Westminster Times: Burying Bad News, Cameron's Shopping, Badgers and Farage's … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Ukip's Nigel Farage makes much of his City experience and claims he represents the views of the business community. So it came as a bit of a surprise when he made the following declaration at the start of his second TV debate with Nick Clegg. More »

  • Clegg 'Delighted' After EU Debate Drubbing
    Clegg 'Delighted' After EU Debate Drubbing Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Nick Clegg has said he is "delighted" with his performance in the EU debates with Nigel Farage despite more than two-thirds of people saying he lost. Speaking on his weekly LBC programme Mr Clegg repeated his "marathon not a sprint" defence on the argument over whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union. However, his party is facing loses in the May 22 European election while UKIP is expecting gains. Polls last night showed even one in three Lib Dems thought Mr Clegg was the loser for the second week running. More »

  • Happy 50th Birthday Nigel Farage: Memorable Quotes from Ukip Leader
    Happy 50th Birthday Nigel Farage: Memorable Quotes from Ukip Leader Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Often spotted with a pint or a cigarette in hand, Farage has been described as "the man in the pub" of politics - known for  stating his opinions without much consideration for political correctness or tact. A bar philosopher, the jolly Ukip leader has inspired followers of his party - once curtly described by Prime Minister David Cameron as "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists". with his hankering to leave the European Union and cut immigration in the UK. Today marks Nasty Nige's 50th birthday, and while he bickers with Nick Clegg over whether abandoning the EU would leave Britain as a "billy no mates", we have rounded up all of Farage's most astounding quotes to date. Apparently he only disagrees with George Galloway on one thing: whether his local in parliament is shut: "But there's certainly only one thing I could never agree with George Galloway on. More »

  • Debates 'a marathon not a sprint'
    Debates 'a marathon not a sprint' Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Nick Clegg has insisted he is "delighted" with the outcome of his Europe debates with Nigel Farage - despite polls suggesting he lost both by a wide margin. More »

  • Nick Clegg: Vince Cable Got Royal Mail Share Price Right Despite NAO Critic …
    Nick Clegg: Vince Cable Got Royal Mail Share Price Right Despite NAO Critic … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Nick Clegg has backed Vince Cable's pricing of Royal Mail in the communications firm's privatisation, despite the National Audit Office saying it was sold off too cheaply. After taking advice from the investment banks Goldman Sachs and UBS, UK Business Secretary Cable priced Royal Mail at 330p a share. Royal Mail's share price is now trading at around 70% above this. The NAO said Cable's "deep caution" over Royal Mail's offer price meant the taxpayer lost out because it was undervalued. More »

  • Why Ukip's Farage and Lib Dem Clegg Were Both Wrong in EU Debate
    Why Ukip's Farage and Lib Dem Clegg Were Both Wrong in EU Debate Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Does the Liberal Democrat front man Nick Clegg ever just wonder to himself why he bothers as a politician? Unfortunately, Clegg's oratory skills resembled that of a hungover university fresher who had only just got into the debating society, and who had been handed a subject that he didn't quite understand, beyond what he'd gleaned from Cliff notes. In this cack-handed fashion Clegg delivered even more support to Ukip's Nigel Farage on a silver platter. More »

  • Clegg loses to Farage in EU debate
    Clegg loses to Farage in EU debate Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Viewers declared UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage the winner in the second of two ill-tempered debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg after he claimed the EU wants its own "army and navy". More »

  • Clegg And Farage: Polls Give UKIP Leader Win
    Clegg And Farage: Polls Give UKIP Leader Win Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage stormed to victory in the second Europe debate, according to snap polls. A YouGov survey had 68% of people backing the UKIP leader, while just 27% thought Nick Clegg won the night. Another poll, in The Guardian, had a similar result with Mr Farage on 69%. Senior Lib Dems Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Tim Farron, the party president, insisted Mr Clegg had won. More »

  • Ukip's Nigel Farage Powers to a Second Victory Over Clegg in TV Debate Over …
    Ukip's Nigel Farage Powers to a Second Victory Over Clegg in TV Debate Over … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats wanted their man Nick Clegg to go in hard against Ukip's Nigel Farage in the second of their two, hour-long debates about Europe, and he clearly took the message to heart. While Farage was as robust, challenging and confrontational as before, albeit a bit less angry and sweaty, the deputy prime minister appeared to have swallowed an entire bottle of aggression pills. This week, even a third of Lib-Dems believed Farage had won it while half of pro-Europeans gave the match to the Ukip leader. And even Clegg, as he left the BBC studio, appeared to accept he had failed in his mission when he talked about the long campaign that was needed to correct Ukip's message. More »

  • Farage 'wins' second EU debate
    Farage 'wins' second EU debate Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Nigel Farage emerged on top after a bitter face-off with Nick Clegg which saw them brand each other liars and fantasists, according to a poll. More »

  • Clegg v Farage: PM Will Not Be Watching
    Clegg v Farage: PM Will Not Be Watching Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    EU foreign policy on Ukraine and Syria - an Vladimir Putin are likely to dominate when Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage clash tonight in their second televised debate. UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he is expecting Mr Clegg to "have a go" at him about the Russian president after blows traded earlier this week. Mr Farage picked out the Russian president when asked who he most admired in an interview for GQ by the former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell. Mr Clegg hit back describing the comment as "utterly grotesque". More »

  • Clegg and Farage set for second EU debate
    Clegg and Farage set for second EU debate Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage will renew hostilities later Wednesday in the second of two live televised debates on the European Union and Britain's possible exit. More »

  • Free School Meals 'Could Mean Staff Lay-Offs'
    Free School Meals 'Could Mean Staff Lay-Offs' Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Head teachers are warning the Government's free school meal policy may negatively impact spending on education. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) told Sky News as a result of the change "there will be a reduction in the pupil premium". Universal free meals for infant pupils - unveiled last year by Nick Clegg - are due to launch in September. Tony Draper, head of Water Hall Primary School, near Milton Keynes, told Sky News: "There's going to be no incentive for parents to declare their eligibility for free school meals, which in turn is going to knock on to the pupil premium payments to schools, and that pays to employ staff to deliver specific interventions to the children to aid their education." More »

  • Clegg Fights Cameron's Plans to Cap Windfarms
    Clegg Fights Cameron's Plans to Cap Windfarms Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attempted to block the Prime Minister's proposal to limit the amount of onshore windfarms, a Liberal Democrat source has claimed. David Cameron had allegedly proposed plans to Clegg in the last few weeks to put a cap on the number of wind turbines in the British countryside. Clegg apparently turned them down because of the recent subsidy cuts and he felt that it could have a detrimental effect to the future of the renewable energy industry. There are currently over 4,000 wind turbines on UK land, which produced around 5% of the UK's power last year – enough to power over four million homes. More »

  • New coalition row over wind farms
    New coalition row over wind farms Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Coalition differences over renewable energy have sparked another high-level row, with Nick Clegg directly blocking a bid by David Cameron to restrict onshore wind farms. More »

  • Nigel Farage: 'Putin Is Leader I Admire Most'
    Nigel Farage: 'Putin Is Leader I Admire Most' Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Nigel Farage has named Russia's Vladimir Putin as the leader he most admires calling his handling of the Syria crisis "brilliant". The UKIP leader said he liked the Russian president for the way he worked rather than for his political and personal approach. Nick Clegg lambasted Mr Farage at his monthly press conference on Monday morning saying his views were "utterly grotesque". He said: " ... Vladimir Putin, who has been the chief sponsor and protector of one of the most brutal dictators on the face of the planet, President Assad, who has blocked at every single turn in the United Nations any attempt by the international community to work in concert to help the many, many millions of people who have been driven from their homes and have been brutalised, and have been tortured and have been killed. More »

  • Osborne's Full Employment Pledge Dented by Clegg's Lapdog of the Rich …
    Osborne's Full Employment Pledge Dented by Clegg's Lapdog of the Rich … Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    That sound you can hear echoing around Westminster is the hull of the coalition government creaking and cracking under the strains of its own contradictions. No sooner did chancellor George Osborne make an audacious pitch for the Labour vote by pledging to work for full employment than deputy prime minister Nick Clegg accused him of stealing Lib-Dem policies and being "too preoccupied" with the fortunes of the rich. The latest intervention from the Liberal Democrat leader appeared to go further than the careful "differentiation strategy" both halves of the coalition have agreed to pursue in the runup to the general election. In his speech, the chancellor declared: "Today I'm making a new commitment, a commitment to fight for full employment in Britain. More »

  • UK anti-EU party head admires Putin for 'brilliant' Syria policy
    UK anti-EU party head admires Putin for 'brilliant' Syria policy Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Vladimir Putin is the world leader who is most admired by the head of Britain's anti-European Union party because of the Russian president's "brilliant" handling of the Syria crisis, Nigel Farage said in an interview published on Monday. How many journalists in jail now?" the head of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) was quoted as saying. Putin has kept Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power, repeatedly blocked U.N. attempts to condemn him and supplied arms for the government side in a civil war in which over 100,000 people have died. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who last week went head-to-head with Farage in a televised policy debate about Europe, heavily criticised Farage's comments. More »

  • Clegg Attacks Parties Over Europe Debate
    Clegg Attacks Parties Over Europe Debate Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Nick Clegg has accused both Labour and the Conservatives of shying away from the debate on Britain's place in Europe. The Deputy Prime Minister accused David Cameron and Ed Miliband of being more interested in their own internal politics than in standing up for Britain in the Europe debate. The Liberal Democrat leader will face UKIP's Nigel Farage in the second head-to-head showdown over the EU on Wednesday. More »

  • Clegg in attack over Europe debate
    Clegg in attack over Europe debate Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Nick Clegg has accused Labour and the Tories of being more interested in their own internal politics than in standing up for Britain over the future of the country's place in Europe. More »

  • Ukip Plans Europe Invasion at May Elections
    Ukip Plans Europe Invasion at May Elections Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    After winning his TV showdown with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to receive more good news as his party is projected to gain in upcoming European elections. More »

  • Parties 'close to agreement' on more powers for Scotland
    Parties 'close to agreement' on more powers for Scotland Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Britain's three main parties are coming closer to agreement on giving more powers to Scotland if voters reject independence, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was due to announce on Friday. More »