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  • 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 »

  • Big business raises voice in British election campaign
    Big business raises voice in British election campaign Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (C) and leader of the opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband (R) are gearing up for one of Britain's most unpredictable elections ... More »

  • Clegg Accuses Tories Of 'Tea Party' Move To Right
    Clegg Accuses Tories Of 'Tea Party' Move To Right Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Nick Clegg has accused the Conservatives of putting forward a "Tea Party manifesto" for Britain in a highly critical speech to launch his party's financial plans for the next Parliament. The Lib Dem leader hit out at his Coalition partners, claiming there would be "no light at the end of the tunnel" if they achieved a majority that allowed them to govern alone. His "Tea Party" quip was meant to imply a sharp Tory swing to the right by drawing comparisons with the ultra-conservative movement in the US. Mr Clegg also attacked Labour, in a speech designed to place the Lib Dems at the centre of British politics. More »

  • Tory deficit plans 'kooky' - Clegg
    Tory deficit plans 'kooky' - Clegg Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Nick Clegg has dismissed Conservative plans to clear the deficit as "implausible and undeliverable" as he set out the Liberal Democrats' proposals for an £8 billion tax hike in the next parliament. More »

  • British EU exit would force Scotland split, says Deputy PM Clegg
    British EU exit would force Scotland split, says Deputy PM Clegg Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Scotland would break away from the rest of the United Kingdom "within a heartbeat" if Britain left the European Union, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Thursday, warning against plans to hold an EU referendum by the end of 2017. The comment from the leader of the junior coalition partner Liberal Democrats was aimed at Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who has promised to put Britain's continuing EU membership to a public vote if he wins a May 7 general election. "As night follows day, if the UK falls out of the European Union, Scotland, in my view, within a heartbeat, will pull out of the UK. More »

  • Coalition-scarred, Liberals battle for survival
    Coalition-scarred, Liberals battle for survival Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Nick Clegg's centrist Liberal Democrats will have been in coalition government with the centre-right, anti-welfare state Conservatives for five years when the next general election comes around. "I've voted Lib Dem before, but I’m so fed up with Mr Clegg I don’t know what I’m going to do this time ... Sometimes I could slap him!" retiree Elizabeth Craghill told canvassers braving a blizzard to knock on doors in Clegg's constituency of Sheffield in north England. If he is successful, the Liberal Democrats could nudge Britain towards the centre ground with their creed of staying in the European Union and promoting fiscal policy that blends tax rises with spending cuts to eliminate the budget deficit. More »

  • Margareta Pagano: Nick Clegg wants to spread the John Lewis magic of giving …
    Margareta Pagano: Nick Clegg wants to spread the John Lewis magic of giving … Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    What's more, the operating profits of the top 50 of these companies is now galloping away at 25.5% per annum, while a stunning 80% of all employees who work for them say they would recommend their place of work to others. Oh, and these businesses saw sales grow by 11% per annum during the recession compared to the rest of the economy which saw only 0.6% growth. More »

  • SUBC: Young Voters Take Politicians To Task
    SUBC: Young Voters Take Politicians To Task Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Young people have confronted Britain's political leaders with their concerns about the future at a series of question-and-answer sessions run by Sky News' Stand Up Be Counted campaign. Four major party leaders were quizzed on a wide range of issues including immigration, the NHS, tuition fees and Britain's housing crisis during the day-long multimedia event. Prime Minister David Cameron , Labour leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett faced tough questions from 16 to 25-year-olds. UKIP's Nigel Farage was also invited to the event, which came just three months before a General Election in which social media could play a decisive role for the first time. More »

  • Young Voters Quiz Nick Clegg Over Tuition Fees
    Young Voters Quiz Nick Clegg Over Tuition Fees Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has answered questions about his party's failure to scrap university fees during a live question-and-answer session in central London. Mr Clegg spoke at Sky News'  Stand Up Be Counted : Ask The Leaders event, which is helping young people address their concerns to Westminster politicians. During questioning from young voters, Mr Clegg said: "Of course I apologise for the fact that particular policy of my party we could not implement. "I sometimes wish I could hear an apology from David Cameron for not implementing his policy he promised on immigration, or Ed Miliband for crashing the economy in the first place. More »

  • Nick Clegg is back on Channel 4 as drama tells story of Coalition saga
    Nick Clegg is back on Channel 4 as drama tells story of Coalition saga Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    A new Channel 4 political drama will tell part of Nick Clegg’s story. More »

  • Leaders To Be Grilled On Issues Facing Young
    Leaders To Be Grilled On Issues Facing Young Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Young voters will question Britain's political party leaders today in a series of live question-and-answer sessions hosted by Sky News and Facebook. Labour's Ed Miliband, the Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett will be interviewed one by one. They will face questions from a studio audience made up of young voters - and from an online audience through the Stand Up Be Counted Facebook page. UKIP's Nigel Farage was also invited to the event, which comes just three months before a General Election in which social media could play a decisive role for the first time. More »

  • Clegg has wanted to slap Cameron 'over 20 times'
    Clegg has wanted to slap Cameron 'over 20 times' Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he had wanted to slap Prime Minister David Cameron on more than 20 occasions during a TV appearance late Friday. More »

  • Clegg: I've wanted to slap Cameron
    Clegg: I've wanted to slap Cameron Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Nick Clegg has admitted he wanted to slap David Cameron on more than 20 occasions during their time in coalition. More »

  • Nick Clegg wins everyone over on Last Leg by comparing the election to Nand …
    Nick Clegg wins everyone over on Last Leg by comparing the election to Nand … Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually. More »

  • Clegg cautions over outright win
    Clegg cautions over outright win Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Outright victory for either Labour or Conservatives in the general election would put Britain's economic recovery in jeopardy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has claimed. More »

  • £1bn for schemes 'to unlock growth'
    £1bn for schemes 'to unlock growth' Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg have hailed agreements with local bodies to deliver £1 billion of projects designed to drive growth. More »

  • Minority rule: Labour all but rules out coalition government
    Minority rule: Labour all but rules out coalition government Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Labour all but ruled out forming a coalition with the SNP today, in a dramatic move which suggests Britain could be heading for a minority government. Asked whether he would consider a coalition with Nicola Sturgeon’s party, shadow chancellor Ed Balls replied: “No”. Asked whether he thinks a minority government would be more likely, he told LBC that the public would be unlikely to accept another coalition. "Back in 2010… the idea of a coalition was popular and the idea of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems was popular. More »

  • In The Margins: Crucial Election Battlegrounds
    In The Margins: Crucial Election Battlegrounds Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Nick Clegg had a 15,000 majority over the Conservatives at the last election, 19,000 over Labour and the Lib Dems have performed creditably in local elections in the area since as well. Recently Lord Ashcroft polled Sheffield and found Labour a mere three points behind the incumbent. Ed Miliband made a speech in Nick Clegg's backyard in mid-January to throw down the gauntlet. The Liberal Democrat leader is showing not a hint of being rattled, but the reality is that if his opponents in Sheffield Hallam chose to club together, he would be out on his ear. More »

  • New Plan For TV Election Debates: Reports
    New Plan For TV Election Debates: Reports Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    It is being reported that new proposals for General Election TV debates have been drawn up after David Cameron refused to take part unless the Green Party was included. It is understood the broadcasters are now proposing to include not just the Greens but also the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru in two of the three debates. The old proposals - dubbed 4-3-2 - were for one debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband, a second with Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and Nick Clegg and a third with all three plus the UKIP leader Nigel Farage. More »

  • Page 3's Insidious Sexism
    Page 3's Insidious Sexism Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Until Sunday, Page 3 was the kind of thing that was so archaic, so absurdly anachronistic, and yet so reliable a feature of daily life in Britain that it was occasionally necessary to stop and fully comprehend the fact that in 2015, the third page of the nation’s most-read newspaper featured pictures of topless women. Page 3 has been a feature of The Sun, the Rupert Murdoch-owned British daily, since November 1970, and in many ways, it’s remained a portal to that bygone era of low-lit, gauzy soft porn and carefree sexism ever since. “Mellisa, 21, from Kent,” for example, once advocated for better transportation infrastructure by citing “American feminist and lawyer Carol Moseley Braun;” on another occasion, “Courtnie, 21, from Plymouth” quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson while bemoaning spending cuts. Politicians from all three major British parties, aware of the paper’s outsize ability to sway elections, have long declined to criticize Page 3, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warning against the specter of “a moral policeman or woman in Whitehall telling people what they can and cannot see,” and Prime Minster David Cameron refusing to back legislation restricting sexual images in newspapers even while drafting sweeping initiatives to limit access to online pornography. More »

  • Parties Want Mental Health Issues Tackled
    Parties Want Mental Health Issues Tackled Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Labour and the Lib Dems are raising the need to tackle mental health issues as the parties continue to launch their opening salvos in the election campaign. Ed Miliband has accused the coalition of failing people with mental health problems by making "false economies" in the NHS. Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling for a target of "zero suicides", saying that the UK should aim to follow the lead of a city in America where the number taking their own lives has been dramatically reduced. Mr Clegg will say at a conference on mental health: "Suicide is, and always has been, a massive taboo in our society. More »