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  • = 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

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    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

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    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

  • 07:37 George Osborne: Autumn Statement means economic security for Britons On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government’s Autumn Statement meant more security for low-paid families. “The Autumn Statement is the next part of our long-term economic plan so that families like hers have a secure economic future, that she kno... Continue to article

  • 07:00 James Kirkup: Nick Clegg's refusal to appear with George Osborne is silly play-acting News

    Opinion | The Daily Telegraph source icon

    Nick Clegg seems to think refusing to be seen with Tories will cause voters to forget he shares power with them Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 09:15 Deputy PM announces £150m investment to transform treatment for eating disorders Press Release

    09:15| Press Release

    A press release from the Deputy PM: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES £150M INVESTMENT TO TRANSFORM TREATMENT FOR EATING DISORDERS The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced an £150m investment to radically reform the treatment of... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Guardian: Nick Clegg reveals coalition plan for new garden city in Oxfordshire News

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  • 06:57 The economic imperative of environmentalism News

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  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 07:15 Nick Clegg: Road investment shows we are rebalancing the economy On air

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

    Speaking from Stonehenge, Nick Clegg said today's announcement of new road investment marked a shift towards "rebalancing the economy". "All of these and many other schemes besides will be confirmed today. The funding is there. And I thi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 30th November
  • 23:00 Stephen Williams: Tories taking credit for Lib Dem policies is frustrating On air

    On Air | Stephen Williams MP | Communities minister | Westminster Hour, Radio 4 Video Stephen Williams MP

    Stephen Williams said Liberal Democrats were frustrated that their Tory colleagues were taking credit for his parties’ tax policies.   “To be perfectly candid… that has been frustrating for me and my Liberal Democrat colleagues, in parti... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 28th November
  • 14:27 Nick Clegg: Serious questions marks over Cameron's migration plans On air

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

    Nick Clegg said there were “serious question marks” about whether the Prime Minister could deliver on his EU immigration promises. "I think some of the ideas from David Cameron are sensible and workable. There are some very serious quest... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 20:00 Ed masters discipline The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Ed masters discipline

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield     Ed Balls is feeling the pressure. In just a few days, he faces yet another big test of his ability, with huge amounts at stake if he fails. But it’s not the Autumn Statement tha... Continue to article

  • 13:47 Nick Clegg: Smith Commission a really important moment On air

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

    Nick Clegg welcomed the proposals for Scottish devolution set out by the Smith Commission. “I think this is a really important moment. My party, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats, have been campaigning for home rule for generations and ... Continue to article

  • 09:48 Lib Dems will keep 'vast majority' of MPs in 2010, predicts Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Lib Dems will keep 'vast majority' of MPs in 2010, predicts Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats will retain the “vast majority” of their MPs after the 2015 general election, Nick Clegg has said. The Deputy Prime Minister told listeners to his LBC Radio show Call Clegg that his party were “incredibly proud” of ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 11:05 Nick Clegg: Web firms should work with Govt over terror threat On air

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

    Nick Clegg said there would be a "real effort" to ensure technology firms helped deal with terror threats. "I think Facebook, and indeed other companies, have said that they of course want to cooperate to deal with the threat of terroris... Continue to article

  • 07:57 Simon Hughes: Facebook should have reported Rigby murderer's messages On air

    On Air | Simon Hughes MP | Justice Minister | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Simon Hughes MP

    Simon Hughes said Facebook had a responsibility, though not a legal duty, to report to the authorities the message from one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers expressing a desire to carry out such a crime. “My view is yes. The legislative r... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:41 Lobby:No 10: PM wants more competitive and more flexible EU Lobby Briefings

    17:41 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street was asked about comments by Deputy Prime Minister earlier today when he said that exiting the Union equated to “economic self-harm”. The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman distanced the Government from Nick Clegg’s view, s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 07:18 Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News

    Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit

    As MPs prepare to debate his National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill, Labour MP Clive Efford argues that the Government's 2012 reforms have left the NHS at the mercy of the private sector The Tories fought the last elect... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 19th November
  • 19:30 LabourList blog: Clegg says the economy is “fixed”. But here’s proof that it isn’t – and from rich to poor, the British people are worse off News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Yesterday, Nick Clegg proclaimed in the Commons that: “We have fixed the economy” Yet today, the Office of National Statistics have released data that proves him wrong. Continue to article

  • 13:07 Emma Reynolds: Broken Coalition promises are to blame for disillusionment with politicians On air

    On Air | Emma Reynolds MP | Shadow Housing minister | Daily Politics, BBC 2 Video Emma Reynolds  MP

    Emma Reynolds said she was frustrated that voters thought all political parties were the same and blamed Coalition politicians breaking promises for public disillusionment with mainstream politics.    “The most frustrating and worrying t... Continue to article

  • 10:01 Dot Commons: Clegg gets on the wrong train Dot Commons

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    Nick Clegg made a mistake that politicians fighting the Rochester and Strood by-election have been dreading. Called on his weekly radio show by someone from Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Lib Dem leader asked the caller about tomorrow's by...

  • 09:48 Klass’s attack on Ed Miliband’s mansion tax was ‘wrong’ says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Klass’s attack on Ed Miliband’s mansion tax was ‘wrong’ says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has leapt to the defence of Ed Miliband after the Labour leader was criticised by talk-show guest Myleene Klass for his mansion tax plan. The Liberal Democrat leader took to the radio to argue that the former pop-singer was “w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 12:26 DPM calls on businesses to revolutionise family-friendly working Press Release

    12:26| Press Release

    A press release from Nick Clegg: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CALLS ON BUSINESSES TO REVOLUTIONISE FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKING The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling on businesses in the UK to revolutionise what they’re doing to support f... Continue to article

  • 12:15 Clegg: EVEL vote could come before general election House of Commons

    Clegg: EVEL vote could come before general election House of Commons

    The Government is preparing major announcements on constitutional reform in coming weeks and could hold a vote on ‘English votes for English laws’ before the end of the Parliament, Nick Clegg has said. At Deputy Prime Minister’s Questio... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 12:13 Clegg: Ukip's stance on maternity leave is stone age PoliticsHome News

    Clegg: Ukip's stance on maternity leave is stone age PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg labelled Ukip’s stance on maternity leave and equal pay as “stone age” and reiterated promises for tax-free childcare “from next year”. The Deputy Prime Minister said during a live question and answer session on Twitter this m... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th November
  • 13:26 DPM celebrates number of apprentices doubling and launches one stop job shops for 16-18s Press Release

    13:26| Press Release

    A press release from Nick Clegg: DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CELEBRATES NUMBER OF APPRENTICES DOUBLING AND LAUNCHES ONE STOP JOB SHOPS FOR 16-18s The Deputy Prime Minister is today celebrating the fact that the government has doubled the numb... Continue to article

  • 12:50 Salmond's parting shot at Labour as he faces final FMQs PoliticsHome News

    Salmond's parting shot at Labour as he faces final FMQs PoliticsHome News

    Alex Salmond has faced his final grilling from members of the Scottish parliament as First Minister, departing with a stark warning for the Labour party. Mr Salmond, who is set to step down as leader of the Scottish National Party at it... Continue to article

  • 09:25 Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has hit back at Philip Hammond after the Foreign Secretary branded attempts to enshrine the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of national wealth on foreign aid "bizarre". Speaking in Sierra Leone, the Foreign Secretary said legal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 09:51 BBC: Clegg: Coalition 'good for business' News

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    Nick Clegg is to tell business and industry leaders that they face a "very real and very big" threat from a majority Labour or Conservative government. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th November
  • 13:19 Caroline Flint: Some in Labour are having jitters On air

    On Air | Caroline Flint MP | Shadow Energy and Climate Chan... | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Caroline Flint MP

    Caroline Flint admitted there were nerves about Ed Miliband’s leadership, but called on all ranks of the Labour party to pull together ahead of the general election. “Some of my colleagues are having jitters and part of that is that we’v... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 09:55 Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The plans to recall MPs being introduced by the Coalition government should be extended to other elected officials, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Nick Clegg told LBC Radio that voters should be able to “pull the trigger” on local m... Continue to article

  • 09:55 Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    Recall should apply to mayors and other officials, says Clegg PoliticsHome News

    The plans to recall MPs being introduced by the Coalition government should be extended to other elected officials, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Nick Clegg told LBC Radio that voters should be able to “pull the trigger” on local m... Continue to article

  • 07:15 Nick Clegg: Northern transport infrastructure downright decrepit On air

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

    Nick Clegg denied his plans for increased investment in infrastructure for northern England were a duplication of the Chancellor's own 'Northern Powerhouse' theme, and set out the problems facing commuters in the north. "It's not either/... Continue to article

  • 07:15 Nick Clegg: Northern transport infrastructure downright decrepit On air

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

    Nick Clegg denied his plans for increased investment in infrastructure for northern England were a duplication of the Chancellor's own 'Northern Powerhouse' theme, and set out the problems facing commuters in the north. "It's not either/... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 09:35 Dot Commons: Clegg's cheesy grin Dot Commons

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      Undeterred by the criticism that followed his tequila-laden appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch in the summer, Nick Clegg has been back in the kitchen this morning. Unfortunately, the DPM’s ITV performance may yet raise question...

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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."


Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists

Boris Johnson has called for tougher action to be taken against Britons who go abroad to fight for extremist organisations like Islamic State, including the removal of citizenship.

The Mayor of London also argued, in an article for the Telegraph, for the reintroduction of control orders, which were replaced with the weaker TPims [Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures] in 2011, in order to improve the ability of government to monitor terrorists in the UK.

Mr Johnson wrote: “All this will be difficult, but the problem has got worse fast, and it could get worse still.

"What is the point of having a defence budget if we don’t at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist “caliphate” that is profoundly hostile to civilised values? Do nothing now, and the tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door.”

The Mayor of London also suggested that Britons returning from warzones should be assumed to be guilty of terrorist acts until they could prove their innocence, ideas which were rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg has rejected Mr Johnson's calls, and said that new laws would not help tackle the issue.

"We’ve already taken steps to protect ourselves. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, it would not be a very sensible move."

The calls were labelled by a former attorney general as “draconian”.

Dominic Grieve told the World at One: “It is a draconian proposal because it would envisage getting rid of ordinary principles of common law, which would put the burden on the prosecution to prove its case.”

Speaking on the same programme Yvette Cooper questioned the feasibility of Mr Johnson’s proposal to make terrorists returning to the UK stateless by removing their passports.

The Shadow Home Secretary said: “There are also international laws in place… which prevent people being made stateless, so that for example, that’s what allows us to deport foreign criminals to other countries and prevent those countries saying: ‘no we don’t want them back because they are no longer citizens.’”  

Mr Johnson’s comments echoed similar calls made over the weekend by Conservative MP David Davis and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

The Home Office has said it is taking the "strongest possible action" to address the issue. 

David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, said: "The Home Secretary must now rethink her decision [to end control orders] and bring back stronger powers.

“Theresa May needs to listen to the concern being expressed across the political divide and reverse her decision. She should strengthen the powers either by reintroducing control orders or bringing in the stronger measures recommended by David Anderson, the independent reviewer."


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.


Channel 4 announce Clegg movie

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.