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JFK, Lincoln, Nixon... Clegg. The Deputy Prime Minister is set to follow the American Presidents and be immortalised on film. Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader...
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise Continue to article
Lord Ashcroft Polls press release Lord Ashcroft marginals poll: swing to Labour extends deeper into Tory territory The swing from the Conservatives to Labour is at least as great in seats with bigger Tory majorities as in the party’s m... Continue to article
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “The continued fall in unemployment provides yet more proof that the tough decisions we have made in government have been the right ones to build a stronger economy in a fairer society. I am par... Continue to article
Liberal Democrats press release Announcing the appointment of six new Liberal Democrat peers to the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said: “Our new peers highlight the campaigning heartbeat... Continue to article
A Liberal Democrat government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments, Nick Clegg has announced. Continue to article
Alistair Burt said Nick Clegg’s call for the revocation of arms export licences to Israel was an attempt to distance his party from the sale of arms in the region. “I think to be blunt they are trying to pretend that Liberal Democrats do... Continue to article
Nick Clegg argued that the Government should immediately halt all arms exports to Israel if the current ceasefire in Gaza breaks down. “Firstly, I think we must respect the very strict criteria that are laid down in law which govern the ... Continue to article
Would you leave your children in the care of a political leader? Mumsnet has done a poll for LBC of 1,000 people with the following topline results on which politician they would trust to look after their offspring: Nick Clegg 58%, Da...
Nick Clegg said Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the UK should leave the European Union if it could not achieve the necessary reforms was “deeply irresponsible”. “I think this speech is more to do with Boris Johnson’s political ambitio... Continue to article
Ed Davey said Baroness Warsi should have stayed in Government and argued for a “tougher stance” towards Israel. “I can certainly understand Baroness Warsi’s strong views on this. I do think the action taken by Israel is being disproporti... Continue to article
A SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NICK CLEGG It should come as no surprise that I'm a believer in the benefits of well-managed immigration. I lead, in my view, Britain's only real internationalist party. For the Liberal Dem... Continue to article
Ahead of a speech today arguing for tighter border controls Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of being fixated with the net migration target to the detriment of an effective immigration policy. “My frustration has been that beca... Continue to article
Nick Clegg goads Tories by saying immigration is good for UK Continue to article
Lord Ashdown agreed with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's call for Israel to open direct talks with Hamas. “Yes. The one thing we know very clearly is that after – what is it – three weeks of this, well over a thousand deaths now, is t... Continue to article
And it continues...in the TES, Nick Clegg says Dominic Cummings has "vituperative, wild-eyed way of talking about people he disagrees with"
Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia had, to date, been “pretty useless”. “This isn’t about his popularity, this is about imposing sanctions that will require Putin to change his policy. Up until now, the ... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell endorsed Nick Clegg’s call for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup. “You can test it this way: if we were deciding where the World Cup was going to go in 2018 this evening, would we say that Russia was a suit... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has joined calls for Russia to face the axe as hosts of the 2018 World Cup as part of tougher sanctions over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the news that economic growth was back to pre-recession levels showed that the Coalition Government had “rescued the British economy”. "I think it’s incredibly important that we say loud and clear, given that this Gove... Continue to article
Nick Clegg on #GDP: as we move from rescue to renewal, I want to make our economy even stronger & society fairer so every person benefits Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “All governments contain reformers and resisters,” Francis Maude says. “The reformers favour transparency and the resisters don’t like it. Because transparency always drives r... Continue to article
Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women under manifesto plans set out by the Liberal Democrats today. The plan would see companies employing over 250 people required by law to... Continue to article
Downing Street insisted that the so-called 'bedroom tax' will remain in place, despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats. Asked how collective responsibility now worked, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "In the usual way... Continue to article
To thwart Tory ambitions of a majority government, Nick Clegg is distancing his party from the more toxic coalition policies and appealing to tactical voters For a governing party to oppose government... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said the Liberal Democrats' calls for the housing benefit reform, know as the bedroom tax, to be rethought following problems in implementation represented “staggering hypocrisy”. “This is staggering hypocrisy from the Libe... Continue to article
Stephen Timms challenged the Liberal Democrats to vote against the ‘bedroom tax’, after the party shifted its stance on the sanctions. “The bedroom tax has clearly been unfair right from the start – that’s always been obvious; the Libera... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the housing benefit reform known as the bedroom tax was not “working in the way that it was intended” and needed to be fixed. “We are not binning the whole thing, we are actually going to say that it has to apply to new t... Continue to article
Nick Clegg hit out at Conservative euroscepticism. "I think the Conservatives are talking to each other, rather than to the country or even to the rest of Europe about Europe. What I want to see is a reformed European Union, more competi... Continue to article
Deputy Prime Minister press release Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “This is a watershed moment for the Church of England and a huge step forward in making our society fairer. I would like to congratulate the strong leadershi... Continue to article
No Lib Dem reshuffle tomorrow, I hear. Nick Clegg is waiting to autumn conference time
Nick Clegg defended Vince Cable's handling of the Royal Mail sell-off and accused the Business Select Committee of making suggestions in their report that were "factually wrong". "I'm going to disappoint you, I'm going to continue to def... Continue to article
Simon Hughes insisted the Liberal Democrats were not turning their backs on civil liberties by backing emergency legislation to secure intelligence agencies’ access to communications data. “It doesn’t increase the powers of the state at ... Continue to article
Downing Street press release Emergency legislation to ensure that UK law enforcement and intelligence agencies can maintain their ability to access the telecommunications data they need to investigate criminal activity and protect the pu... Continue to article
Nick Clegg slammed Government policy of allowing teachers with no formal qualifications to be employed in schools, saying it would “not stand the test of time” in Deputy Prime Minister's Questions today. The Liberal Democrat leader ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg hailed the announcement that £6bn of central government money was being allocated to local authorities to spend on infrastructure projects. “It’s not the first time this has happened. This is the culmination, if you like, of s... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said he would not rule out an inquiry into child sex abuse, but said the focus must now be on police investigations. "I wouldn't rule anything out. I think we should do whatever it takes to uncover the truth and deliver justic... Continue to article
Ever since he helped draft Gordon Brown's five (unpassable) tests for UK membership of the euro, Ed Balls has long been a Brussels sceptic. And it was no surprise when he last year said it would be 'stupid' for Labour to rule out an In-O... Continue to article
Keen to capitalise on the goodwill generated by the Tour de France starting on these shores this weekend, MPs have been particpating in the #wattbikechallenge. British Cycling coaches Alison Lilley and Nigel Hampton have been challengin...
Nick Clegg says Lord Rennard "is not going to play any role in the Liberal Democrat election campaign" #CallClegg
Asked whether Royal family has ever discussed policy with him, Nick Clegg says: “I’m simply not going into conversations.” #callclegg
Nick Clegg set out the thinking behind a stepping up of security checks at UK airports. "I think the first thing is that this government, any government around the world, our first duty is to keep people safe. And what you’ve got to reme... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said it was important to give carers more freedom to decide how to spend their carer's bonus. "The idea that we're putting out today as Liberal Democrats - which we'll include in our manifesto - is simply that we need to do mo... Continue to article
The Liberal Democrat vote has halved in key marginal seats where the party is challenged by Labour, new polling by Lord Ashcroft has found. The research, involving 4,000 telephone interviews in the four constituencies most closely contes... Continue to article
ComRes press release In the second in the ComRes series of ‘Battlebus’ polls of the 40 most marginal Labour-Conservative constituencies, Labour holds a five point lead over the Conservatives. At the 2010 General Election the two parties... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the United Kingdom needs to rethink its drug policy after several high profile figures, including Dame Judi Dench, signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to decriminalise drugs. “I think we’re losing the war on d... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said David Cameron was right to apologise for appointing Andy Coulson. “The Prime Minister has explained the circumstances in which he took the decision to employ Andy Coulson and has explained why he has now apologised – I’m ... Continue to article
Bow Group press release Following the Conservative retention of Newark in the recent by-election, it was widely proclaimed and accepted that a significant victory had been achieved by the Conservatives, whilst UKIP had gone in to reve... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said the Liberal Democrats needed to rebuild after their mauling in the recent local and European elections. “When you’ve had disappointing results as we have, then what you have to do, as someone else said in that p... Continue to article
My poll of Conservative-Liberal Democrat marginals indicates that were the general election held now Nick Clegg's party would lose 15 seats. Continue to article
The Deputy Prime Minister's life is to be turned into a film.
Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader in Government.
Acclaimed playwright James Graham will pen Coalition, which will depict the negotiations and machination that dominated the early days of the Conservative-Lib Dem Government.
The blurb for the one-off TV show states: “In May 2010, after decades of single party rule and amidst growing disillusionment, all eyes turned to one man. A man who found himself with the power to change the landscape of British politics - and his career - forever. But at what cost?”
The Sun reports that Paddy Power last night has David Morrissey tipped at 4/1 to play him, while Brad Pitt was standing at 100/1.
Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit, is tipped at 250/1 to appear as Ed Miliband.
Conservative campaign organisation Bright Blue has warned the party that another coalition with the Liberal Democrats may be the only way for the party to keep power. The group said the party should continue with its modernising agenda and not lurch to the right, as many core-conservative groups are suggesting.
The Government must be careful not to "drive away wealth creators" with taxation, George Osborne has warned.
Speaking during a visit to Sunderland, the Chancellor said the wealthy “need to pay more”, but added it was the “entrepreneurs, the business leaders who create the jobs to help the economy move forward".
His comments come after Nick Clegg called for the introduction of a wealth tax for a limited period. In an interview with the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister said increased contributions from those of "very considerable" wealth could help retain a "cohesive and prosperous" Britain.
In the first major interview by a Coalition minister before the start of the new political season, Mr Clegg also invited Lib Dem David Laws back into the Coalition. "I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to see David Laws back in government," Mr Clegg told the newspaper.
Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes told BBC Radio 4's the World at One his party was serious about the wealth tax idea, and dismissed accusations of political posturing.
"We are not just flying a kite at all, this is a long-held principle," he said.
"We now want to go back to the issue of wealth inequality - you won’t get the best economic solutions if you ignore the increasingly obscene levels of wealth inequality in this country."
But Conservative backbenchers have expressed anger over the idea, with Bernard Jenkin dismissing it as the "politics of envy" and claiming it would "strangling the goose that lays the golden egg".
Tory MP Mark Pritchard has also rejected the call, telling PoliticsHome that high taxes were "part of the problem with the UK economy - not part of the cure".
Labour's John Mann, who sits on the Treasury committee, accused Mr Clegg of "flannelling" in the run-up to his party conference.
"There’s obviously a conference coming up, it is rather excruciating listening to Mr Clegg. This is the worst kind of conference flannelling in advance, desperately trying to create some distance," he said.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have hailed the “bold steps” set out in the Government’s legislative agenda for the final session of the Parliament, but Ed Miliband has said the Queen's Speech should have been more wide-ranging.
Eleven bills were announced in the Queen’s Speech, which introduced a charge for plastic bags and a new Modern Slavery Bill.
However Labour sources said it was "staggering" that the NHS and immigration were not mentioned today and Mr Miliband outlined seven further bills that he would have included.
The speech began with a nod to both the Conservative slogan of a “long-term economic plan”, and the Lib Dems’ promise to build a “stronger economy and fairer society”.
“My government’s legislative programme will continue to deliver on its long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society,” Her Majesty said.
Speaking in the House this afternoon, Mr Cameron said: "Our long-term economic plan is working but there is much much more to do....
"This Queen's Speech sets out the next steps in seeing through this vital plan to secure our future but it will take the rest of this parliament and the next to finish the task of turning our country around. That is the enormity of the challenge we face but, Mr Speaker, it is matched by the strength of our commitment to sorting it out."
Mr Miliband said there were measures his party supported in the Queen's Speech "including tackling modern slavery, an Ombudsman for our Armed Forces and recall".
But he maintained that the speech failed to live up to the scale of the challenges facing Britain and that Mr Cameron should have gone further.
"There is a chasm between the needs and the wishes of the people of this country and whether or not this House and politics is capable of responding," he told MPs.
"We need to rise to this challenge, but this Queen's Speech doesn't do it. But it can be done...
"This is what the Queen’s Speech should have done: A Make Work Pay bill to reward hard work, a Banking Bill to support small business; a Community Bill to devolve power; an Immigration Bill to stop workers being undercut; a Consumers Bill to freeze energy bills; a Housing Bill to tackle the housing crisis; and an NHS Bill to make it easier to see your GP and stop his privatisation."
Profits from political conferences have rocketed despite party memberships dropping to all-time lows, research by the Times has found. Although conference attendances are suffering at the grassroots level, the media, lobbying groups and corporate representatives are filling the gap, and being charged for the privilege. The Lib Dems made £570,000 last year, more than double what they made five years ago.
The majority of voters do not believe the Coalition will last until the next general election, a new poll has shown.
A Guardian/ICM poll found that, after a difficult period for the Government in which Lords reform was abandoned and boundary changes opposed by the Liberal Democrats, just 16% of the electorate expects the Coalition to last until 2015.
07/08/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
07/08/2014 on Call Clegg, LBC Radio
06/08/2014 on Pooled Clip
06/08/2014 on Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
22/08/2014 on PM, BBC Radio 4
22/08/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
22/08/2014 on BBC Radio 4, World at One
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