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  • = Key Development Monday 26th January
  • 14:40 Dot Commons: 'Pub Landlord' pips Miliband in leadership stakes Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome 'Pub Landlord' pips Miliband in leadership stakes

    It’s been a day of mixed poll blessings for the Labour leader. Despite a new survey in the Standard finding Ed Miliband’s party could be on course to win a handful of new seats in the capital, the latest polling puts him behind the ‘Pub ...

  • 14:12 Nick Clegg: Brazen attempt by Tories to take credit for our policy On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg accused David Cameron of trying to claim credit for the Liberal Democrats' flagship policy of cutting the income tax threshold. "I think this is a pretty brazen attempt by the Conservatives, which everyone will see through, to ... Continue to article

  • 00:01 Cameron: Cut taxes to reward hard work Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Conservatives press release David Cameron will today set out the Conservative Party’s third manifesto theme – a Britain that rewards work. It comes as new Treasury analysis shows that by the end of the next Conservative Government, a typ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 25th January
  • 12:02 Seven-party leaders' debate a 'dog's breakfast' - Creagh PoliticsHome News

    Seven-party leaders' debate a 'dog's breakfast' - Creagh PoliticsHome News

    A televised leaders’ debate incorporating seven parties could be a “dog’s breakfast”, a senior Labour MP has warned. Mary Creagh, the party’s International Development spokesperson, told Pienaar’s Politics that Ed Miliband was in favour ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 23rd January
  • 15:04 Patrick O'Flynn: Cameron is still running scared of debates On air

    On Air | Patrick O'Flynn | UKIP director of communication... | BBC News

    Patrick O’Flynn accused David Cameron of not having the “political courage” to commit to televised leader debates in the run-up to the election, after broadcasters came forward with revised proposals. “The most striking thing is, despite... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 22nd January
  • 17:21 Cabinet Office: DPM Statement on Leon Brittan Press Release

    17:21| Press Release

    Cabinet Office press release Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Leon was one of the most intelligent figures in modern British public life. "When I worked for Leon in Brussels almost twenty years ago, his forensic understanding o... Continue to article

  • 09:00 Nick Clegg: Chilcot needs to provide a fuller explanation On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Call Clegg, LBC Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg called on Sir John Chilcot to fully explain why his report on the Iraq war has been delayed. "I think when people, however distinguished or whoever they are, are asked by a select committee of the House of Commons to come and ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 21st January
  • 13:11 Nick Clegg: I'm angry about Chilcot delay On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Pooled Footage Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said he was angry about the latest announcement that the Chilcot Inquiry report would not be published until after the election. “I’m pretty angry that there’s this further, very significant delay in the publication of this re... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 20th January
  • 23:13 Story (1 links): Chilcot delayed until after election

    PoliticsHome Chilcot delayed until after election Story View links

    The official inquiry into the Iraq War will not be published until after the general election, the BBC reports.

    Chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot is expected to confirm the news in a letter to David Cameron, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written a letter saying he is disappointed with the development.

    In the Lords earlier this month, peers expressed their dissatisfaction with the numerous delays and called on it to be released as soon as possible.

    The inquiry began in 2009 after the controversial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    It has suffered extensive delays over classified information.

  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 11:51 Bennett pledges to shake up 'old boys' club' in TV debates PoliticsHome News

    Bennett pledges to shake up 'old boys' club' in TV debates PoliticsHome News

    Natalie Bennett has pledged to shake up the “old boys’ club” currently represented in Westminster as she renewed her call for the Greens to be included in the televised leader debates. Unveiling a new poster designed to put pressure on ... Continue to article

  • 10:40 Clegg attacks Conservative's 'massive strategic error' in continuing to cut public services PoliticsHome News

    Clegg attacks Conservative's 'massive strategic error' in continuing to cut public services PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg said that the Conservatives had made a “massive strategic error” by intending to “remorselessly” cut public services even when the deficit is reduced. Speaking at a Mental Health Conference at the King’s Fund, the Deputy Prime... Continue to article

  • 00:01 Transcript: Deputy Prime Minister mental health conference speech extracts Transcripts

    Deputy Prime Minister mental health conference speech extracts Transcripts

    Extracts from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's speech at a mental health conference on 19 January 2015   CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY   The NHS is one of, if not the, best health system in the world: free-at-the-point of delivery, incredibly... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 18th January
  • 14:47 Isabel Hardman blog: Why is Nick Clegg so happy? News

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    Nick Clegg always seems oddly upbeat when he’s doing interviews about just how badly his party could do in the General Election. Continue to article

  • 09:41 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems losing half our seats is not going to happen On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said pundit Iain Dale's prediction that the Lib Dems would lose at least half their seats was wrong. "Iain Dale will have to eat his words, because I really don’t think that’s going to happen. He’s a good man but some of his p... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 12:30 Transcript: Ed Miliband speech at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Transcripts

    Ed Miliband speech at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Transcripts

    It is great to be here with Paul Blomfield, the local MP and Ollie Coppard, our candidate in Sheffield Hallam who is running such a brilliant campaign. And I want to thank Ivan Lewis and Lisa Nandy for being here and leading this process... Continue to article

  • 09:05 LabourList blog: LabourList readers say Miliband shouldn’t rule out an SNP pact News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    This week has been all about TV debates. With David Cameron refusing to commit to debates, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage formed an unlikely coalition and each set the PM an identical letter... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 15th January
  • 13:29 Nick Clegg: The quiet habit of liberty is precious to Britain On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said he thought the "habit of liberty" was "precious" to Britain. "The thing I think Britain is just amazing at is just holding on to its often unspoken, barely articulated, habit of freedom, civil liberties, rights of the ind... Continue to article

  • 12:30 Kevin Maguire: If the UK ever adopts a constitution, TV debates should be written on the parchment The House Magazine

    12:30 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Kevin Maguire: If the UK ever adopts a constitution, TV debates should be written on the parchment

      In a few months from now, thousands of MPs and seasoned politicians – from Aberdare to Aberdeen and Bodmin to Belfast – will exchange friendly small talk with strangers before engaging them in ferocious gladiatorial battles to the deat... Continue to article

  • 09:27 Clegg condemns Ward for offensive tweets on Paris march PoliticsHome News

    Clegg condemns Ward for offensive tweets on Paris march PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has condemned Liberal Democrat MP David Ward for his tweets over the Israeli Prime Minister at the Paris march on Sunday. During the march, which followed last week’s terror attacks in the French capital that left 17 people de... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 14th January
  • 13:43 Nick Clegg: PM should stop ducking and weaving over TV debates On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Sky News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg called on the Prime Minister to “stop ducking and weaving” and commit to taking part in the general election TV debates. “My message to David Cameron is just stop ducking and weaving, stop coming up with all these specious exc... Continue to article

  • 09:34 LabourList blog: Miliband, Clegg and Farage pile pressure on Cameron over debates News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are today piling the pressure on David Cameron to agree to appear in leaders’ debates before the election. Continue to article

  • 08:57 Nigel Farage: Sharia courts are practising in the UK On air

    On Air | Nigel Farage | UKIP leader | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage claimed that some parts of Britain were ruled by Sharia law. “There are 80 practising Sharia courts around the United Kingdom. And I’ve got no problem with different religions and different groups having their own private ob... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 13th January
  • 08:25 Nick Clegg: 'Snooper's charter' will not address surveillance capability gap On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg argued that the proposed ‘snooper’s charter’, which requires storage of people’s internet records for one year, would not address the capability gap in surveillance identified by intelligence agencies. “The one component of th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 8th January
  • 09:35 Nick Clegg: No excuse, no reason, no rationale for Paris attacks On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Call Clegg, LBC Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg strongly pushed back at a caller who suggested that there had been some form of provocation on the part of Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were shot dead yesterday. “There can be no excuse, no reason, no explanation. They have ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 6th January
  • 12:51 Clegg defends claim to provide 'heart' to the Government House of Commons

    Clegg defends claim to provide 'heart' to the Government House of Commons

    Nick Clegg has defended the Liberal Democrats’ record in Government despite attacks from the Labour and Conservative benches. MPs ridiculed comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday that his party would "provide heart to the C... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 5th January
  • 15:25 In Brief Events

    15:25 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is due to make an announcement on Liberal Democrat policy regarding NHS funding Communities Minister Kris Hopkins and shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn speak at the Local Government Association's a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 4th January
  • 13:27 Liberal Democrats: Extracts of Nick Clegg's Press Conference Opening Remarks Press Release

    13:27| Press Release

    Liberal Democrats press release At his press conference, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg is expected to say: "The biggest threat to our economy comes from Labour and the Conservatives, both of ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th December
  • 22:41 Story (1 links): Clegg praises Scottish equal marriage

    PoliticsHome Clegg praises Scottish equal marriage Story View links

    Equal marriage in Scotland will send a positive signal of change to less tolerant nations, the Deputy Prime Minister has said.

    Nick Clegg told Pink News he welcomed and congratulated gay and lesbian couples planning to marry from midnight on 1 January when new laws passed in February come into action.

    The leader of the Liberal Democrats said: “This not only shows that we are changing as a society and becoming more liberal, open and accepting, this also sends out a strong signal to many LBGT people around the world, who do not enjoy the same freedoms as we do, that we stand with them.

    “We can’t dictate how other nations behave but we can promote the principles we believe in, of a fair and open society, both in the UK and abroad,” he continued.

  • 13:31 Sir Malcolm Bruce: Clegg is not toast On air

    On Air | Sir Malcolm Bruce MP | Deputy leader, Liberal Democra... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Sir Malcolm Bruce MP

    Sir Malcolm Bruce denied that Nick Clegg was finished as a political force and praised his leader as “resilient”. “Nick Clegg isn’t toast. And what I do find really quite frustrating is that parties do go through difficult situations and... Continue to article

  • 13:23 John Pugh: Others, not Clegg, should lead Lib Dem election message On air

    On Air | John Pugh MP | Liberal Democrat | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video John Pugh MP

    John Pugh said the Liberal Democrats needed to use other party figures to Nick Clegg to get their messages across. “Nick has been the front man for the party throughout. He’s taken the knock and he’s suffered with a lot of unfair media a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd December
  • 07:07 Mark Ferguson blog: Could Labour really win Clegg’s seat in May? It’s possible… News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Might Labour have a chance of winning the Deputy Prime Minister’s seat in May? The Times(£) reports that: “Labour is secretly targeting Nick Clegg’s seat in a “decapitation” strategy to scupper future... Continue to article

  • 07:07 Mark Ferguson blog: Could Labour really win Clegg’s seat in May? It’s possible… News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Might Labour have a chance of winning the Deputy Prime Minister’s seat in May? The Times(£) reports that: “Labour is secretly targeting Nick Clegg’s seat in a “decapitation” strategy to scupper future... Continue to article

  • 05:45 Editorial: Clegg in Peril (£) News

    Opinion | The Times source icon

    Labour is mounting a decapitation campaign to oust Nick Clegg as an MP. If it succeeds, a Lib-Lab pact will draw closer Continue to article

  • 05:45 Editorial: Clegg in Peril (£) News

    Opinion | The Times source icon

    Labour is mounting a decapitation campaign to oust Nick Clegg as an MP. If it succeeds, a Lib-Lab pact will draw closer Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th December
  • 10:08 Story (6 links): Clegg hails 1.3m more on school meals

    PoliticsHome Clegg hails 1.3m more on school meals Story View links

    Nick Clegg has hailed new figures showing 1.3m more children are eating healthy lunches since the Government introduced his flagship free school meals initiative in September.

    The research found that around 1.6m children – 85% of all infants – are now having a hot meal at lunchtime.

    The Deputy Prime Minister described the results as a "triumph" this morning, and insisted healthier eating at school would help pupils concentrate better on their work.

    "Part of the problem…with the grumpy folk at the Daily Mail, they imagine every packed lunch is full of houmous, fresh succulent fruit and muesli," he said on his weekly LBC radio phone-in.

    "If you speak to teachers, most packed lunches – not all – are not actually as good for children as a healthy meal at lunchtime. I spoke to children who say that some children turn up with a slice of white bread with some chocolate paste and fizzy drinks…they’re not going to concentrate. It saves families money, saving per child £400."

    However, critics of the policy have raised concerns that the measures have stopped some parents signing up to the pupil premium, meaning schools are losing out on additional funding.

    The Mail reports that one in every five schoolchildren is turning down the meals in favour of a packed lunch.

     

  • 09:28 Clegg defends Royal Mail sale as the 'right balance' PoliticsHome News

    Clegg defends Royal Mail sale as the 'right balance' PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg defended the sale of Royal Mail this morning, as it emerged that it could have been sold for £180m more than it was earlier this year. During his weekly phone in show on LBC Radio Call Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister insisted... Continue to article

  • 08:50 David Laws: Free School Meals impact on Pupil Premium will not be a problem On air

    On Air | David Laws MP | Education minister | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video David Laws MP

    David Laws said new figures showing a significant take-up of Free School Meals after its introduction in September was an “astonishing achievement”.     “This is an extraordinary increase in take-up, this is the biggest take-up of school... Continue to article

  • 08:26 Story (5 links): CBI to press Cameron on TTIP

    PoliticsHome CBI to press Cameron on TTIP Story View links

    The CBI and other European business groups will today press the Prime Minister on the importance of securing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    They will urge David Cameron and European national governments to deliver an ambitious agreement that could create thousands of jobs.

    John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said the deal could be “vital for future growth and the prosperity for citizens across the EU.”

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Government would secure written guarantees for the NHS and public services before signing any agreement. 

  • 00:01 Deputy Prime Minister: 1.3m more infants eating free school meals Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from the DPM: NEW DATA SHOW 1.3 MILLION MORE INFANTS EATING FREE SCHOOL MEALS · 1.3 million more infants are eating a healthy free meal at lunchtime. · Deputy PM welcomes figures at Christmas cookery lesson with school ... Continue to article

  • 00:01 CBI and European business groups unite to call for ambitious EU-US trade deal Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from the CBI: CBI AND EUROPEAN BUSINESS GROUPS UNITE TO CALL FOR AMBITIOUS EU-US TRADE DEAL  Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership could contribute up to 120bn EUR a year  The CBI is today (Thursday) hosting talk... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th December
  • 15:35 DPM says he would never back TTIP Press Release

    15:35| Press Release

    A press release from Nick Clegg: The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "I would never endorse TTIP, which is a big new deal which is being negotiated between Europe and America, unless it was absolutely crystal clear that we are a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 15:28 Deputy Prime Minister holds first meeting of mental health taskforce Press Release

    15:28| Press Release

    A press release from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HOLDS FIRST MEETING OF MENTAL HEALTH TASKFORCE Welfare and employment, the criminal justice system, and services for children and young people were the focus... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 15th December
  • 08:32 Stefan Stern blog: What if the LibDems have really had it? News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Nick Clegg is probably looking forward to the TV election debates with almost as little enthusiasm as David Cameron is. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th December
  • 16:47 Transcript: Nick Clegg letter to Andy Burnham on Hinchingbrooke Transcripts

    Nick Clegg letter to Andy Burnham on Hinchingbrooke Transcripts

    From the Deputy Prime Minister 10 December 2014   Dear Andy,   I see that you raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons and that you accused me of "sheer inaccuracy". I am always happy to confirm the accuracy of what I ... Continue to article

  • 12:55 PMQs: Clegg and Harman clash over record on women House of Commons

    PMQs: Clegg and Harman clash over record on women House of Commons

    Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman have gone head-to-head over the Government's record on equality. At Prime Minister's Questions, the Deputy Prime Minister - standing in for David Cameron who is on a foreign visit - was accused by his Labour... Continue to article

  • 12:45 Burnham blasts Clegg over NHS privatisation claim House of Commons

    Burnham blasts Clegg over NHS privatisation claim House of Commons

    Andy Burnham has accused Nick Clegg of "sheer inaccuracy" after the Deputy Prime Minister claimed Labour had privatised an NHS hospital. Responding to a question on new BMJ analysis of NHS contracts at this week's Prime Minister's Questi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 7th December
  • 10:00 Nick Clegg: Big differences are opening up between Lib Dems and Tories On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC 1 Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said “big differences” were now opening up between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives on tax and spending plans.    “One of the reasons why I disagree with George Osborne’s prognosis for the future is because I just d... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 14:50 Dot Commons: Clegg's merry Christmas victory Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome

    With the Liberal Democrats averaging eight percent in the polls, it’s only fair someone gives Nick Clegg a break for Christmas. So the Deputy Prime Minister will surely be overwhelmed with delight to hear that he is judged to have "won C...

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 17:09 Lib Dems: Nick Clegg comment on Jeremy Thorpe Press Release

    17:09| Press Release

      Liberal Democrat press release Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said: "Jeremy Thorpe’s leadership and resolve were the driving force that continued the Liberal revival that began under Jo Grimond. "Jer... Continue to article

  • 10:11 Nick Clegg: I missed the Autumn Statement because I was in Cornwall On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Call Clegg, LBC Radio Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said he didn’t attend yesterday’s Autumn Statement because he chose instead to “go out and talk to normal people” in Cornwall.   “The reason I wasn’t is I had a choice. Look, I have been doing these autumn statements and budge... Continue to article

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Chilcot delayed until after election

The official inquiry into the Iraq War will not be published until after the general election, the BBC reports.

Chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot is expected to confirm the news in a letter to David Cameron, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written a letter saying he is disappointed with the development.

In the Lords earlier this month, peers expressed their dissatisfaction with the numerous delays and called on it to be released as soon as possible.

The inquiry began in 2009 after the controversial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

It has suffered extensive delays over classified information.


Clegg hails 1.3m more on school meals

Nick Clegg has hailed new figures showing 1.3m more children are eating healthy lunches since the Government introduced his flagship free school meals initiative in September.

The research found that around 1.6m children – 85% of all infants – are now having a hot meal at lunchtime.

The Deputy Prime Minister described the results as a "triumph" this morning, and insisted healthier eating at school would help pupils concentrate better on their work.

"Part of the problem…with the grumpy folk at the Daily Mail, they imagine every packed lunch is full of houmous, fresh succulent fruit and muesli," he said on his weekly LBC radio phone-in.

"If you speak to teachers, most packed lunches – not all – are not actually as good for children as a healthy meal at lunchtime. I spoke to children who say that some children turn up with a slice of white bread with some chocolate paste and fizzy drinks…they’re not going to concentrate. It saves families money, saving per child £400."

However, critics of the policy have raised concerns that the measures have stopped some parents signing up to the pupil premium, meaning schools are losing out on additional funding.

The Mail reports that one in every five schoolchildren is turning down the meals in favour of a packed lunch.

 


EU referendum bill pulled by Tories

The Conservatives have accused their Liberal Democrat coalition partners of blocking David Cameron’s bid to legislate for a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and have pulled their plans.

The Lib Dems have insisted that the Conservatives have added terms to the negotiations that they could not agree with.

Tory MP Bob Neill told the Mail: “The Lib Dems have killed off our chances of putting into law, this side of an election, an in-out referendum by 2017.”

It was claimed that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wanted the Tories to make changes to the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ as agreement for the bill to continue. However, the Conservatives offered a money resolution and government time to debate the bill.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce said that the Lib Dems were “never going to block their referendum bill”.

“The truth is they have folded like a cheap deck chair and are trying to make us take the blame by adding ridiculous conditions they knew we would not and could not accept.

"It is amazing that the Tories are prepared to sacrifice a bill they say they care about for some short-term tactical distinction from UKIP. They clearly never wanted the referendum bill to pass."

The bill, which was sponsored by Mr Neill, and supported by Mr Cameron, was hoped to become law before the May 2015 general election.

A senior Liberal Democrat source added: "The Tories put forward a proposal they know for certain will be turned down by the Lib Dems - a completely unfair deal.

"We can only assume they would prefer it hadn't become law by the time of the General Election. They would prefer not to be talking about their bottom lines in their proposed grand renegotiation and instead try and deal with UKIP by saying the only way to get a referendum is to vote Tory. They couldn't do the latter if their bill had become law."


Clegg praises Scottish equal marriage

Equal marriage in Scotland will send a positive signal of change to less tolerant nations, the Deputy Prime Minister has said.

Nick Clegg told Pink News he welcomed and congratulated gay and lesbian couples planning to marry from midnight on 1 January when new laws passed in February come into action.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats said: “This not only shows that we are changing as a society and becoming more liberal, open and accepting, this also sends out a strong signal to many LBGT people around the world, who do not enjoy the same freedoms as we do, that we stand with them.

“We can’t dictate how other nations behave but we can promote the principles we believe in, of a fair and open society, both in the UK and abroad,” he continued.


CBI to press Cameron on TTIP

The CBI and other European business groups will today press the Prime Minister on the importance of securing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

They will urge David Cameron and European national governments to deliver an ambitious agreement that could create thousands of jobs.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said the deal could be “vital for future growth and the prosperity for citizens across the EU.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Government would secure written guarantees for the NHS and public services before signing any agreement. 


Lib Dems receive £5k from Clegg’s millionaire father

Nick Clegg has accepted a £5000 donation from his millionaire banker father, causing rumours that the party’s funds are dwindling.

The money was given to support his “capacity as an MP”, the Register of Members’ Financial Interests declared. Nicholas Clegg Sr, an investment banker and chairman of the United Trust Bank, previously gave £3000 to the party in 2008.

Figures released last month show that Ukip raised £170,000 more money in donations than the Lib Dems during the second quarter of this year.