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  • = Key Development Tuesday 29th July
  • 08:24 Malcolm Rifkind: Sanctions on Russia so far have been useless On air

    On Air | Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP | Former Foreign Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 27th July
  • 12:26 Sir Menzies Campbell: Russia should not host 2018 World Cup On air

    On Air | Sir Menzies Campbell MP | Former Liberal Democrat leader | Sky News Video Sir Menzies Campbell MP

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 25th July
  • 13:17 Nick Clegg: We have rescued the British economy On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 20:00 Hope Francis The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Hope Francis

      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

  • 12:58 Deputy Prime Minister's Office statement: Liberal Democrats promise law to 'lift the lid' on gender pay gap Press Release

    12:58| Press Release | Deputy Prime Minister's Office

    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

  • 11:47 Lobby:No 10: Housing benefit policy hasn't changed and won't be changing Lobby Briefings

    11:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    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

  • 11:10 Rafael Behr blog: The Lib Dems bedroom tax U-turn has one eye on a hung parliament News

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    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

  • 11:00 Rachel Reeves: Lib Dems have shown staggering hypocrisy on bedroom tax On air

    On Air | Rachel Reeves MP | Shadow Work and Pensions Secre... | Sky News Video Rachel Reeves MP

    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

  • 10:12 Stephen Timms: Lib Dems must vote against bedroom tax now On air

    On Air | Stephen Timms MP | Shadow Employment Minister | BBC News Video Stephen Timms MP

    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

  • 09:30 Nick Clegg: Bedroom tax isn't working On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Wednesday 16th July
  • 10:05 Nick Clegg: Conservatives talking to each other on Europe On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 14th July
  • 17:05 DPM: Nick Clegg statement women bishops Press Release

    17:05| Press Release

    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

  • 12:43 Joe Murphy tweets: No Lib Dem reshuffle tomorrow, I hear. Nick Clegg is waiting to autumn conference time

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    No Lib Dem reshuffle tomorrow, I hear. Nick Clegg is waiting to autumn conference time

  • = Key Development Friday 11th July
  • 09:02 Nick Clegg: Cable had no way of predicting Royal Mail share price On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 10th July
  • 23:01 Simon Hughes: Lib Dems not turning back on civil liberties On air

    On Air | Simon Hughes MP | Justice Minister | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Simon Hughes MP

    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

  • 08:18 Downing Street: PM and DPM to announce emergency security legislation Press Release

    08:18| Press Release

    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

  • = Key Development Tuesday 8th July
  • 11:35 Clegg: Unqualified teachers won't stand the test of time House of Commons

    Clegg: Unqualified teachers won't stand the test of time House of Commons

      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

  • = Key Development Monday 7th July
  • 07:16 Nick Clegg: £6bn package the culmination of Coalition decentralisation plan On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 6th July
  • 11:36 Nick Clegg: I wouldn't rule anything out on abuse inquiry On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Nick Clegg MP

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 3rd July
  • 18:38 Waugh Room: Silly, stupid things, words The Waugh Room

    18:38 | The Waugh Room | PoliticsHome The Waugh Room Silly, stupid things, words

    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

  • 15:29 Dot Commons: MPs gear up for the Tour Dot Commons

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    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...

  • 09:32 PoliticsHome tweets: Nick Clegg says Lord Rennard "is not going to play any role in the Liberal Democrat election campaign" #CallClegg

    Twitter | PoliticsHome Twitter source icon

    Nick Clegg says Lord Rennard "is not going to play any role in the Liberal Democrat election campaign" #CallClegg

  • 09:21 PoliticsHome tweets: Asked whether Royal family has ever discussed policy with him, Nick Clegg says: “I’m simply not going into conversations.” #callclegg

    Twitter | PoliticsHome Twitter source icon

    Asked whether Royal family has ever discussed policy with him, Nick Clegg says: “I’m simply not going into conversations.” #callclegg

  • 09:20 Nick Clegg: Airport checks a response to the world we now live in On air

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

    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

  • 07:46 Nick Clegg: Important to give carers freedom on how to spend their bonus On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st July
  • 11:22 Lord Ashcroft poll: Labour set for gains as Lib Dem vote collapses in key marginals Press Release

    11:22| Press Release

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 30th June
  • 00:01 ComRes poll: Marginals voters say Cameron ‘out of touch’ as Farage tops poll for being ‘weird’ Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 26th June
  • 09:39 Nick Clegg: the UK is losing the war on drugs On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Wednesday 25th June
  • 11:27 Nick Clegg: Cameron right to apologise for Coulson error On air

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

    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

  • 07:30 Bow Group:Senior Conservatives call for Coalition to break Up following European and Newark results Press Release

    07:30| Press Release

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 22nd June
  • 12:08 Sir Menzies Campbell: Lib Dems will rebuild ahead of 2015 On air

    On Air | Sir Menzies Campbell MP | Former Liberal Democrat leader | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Sir Menzies Campbell MP

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 19th June
  • 11:00 Lord Ashcroft blog: A big lesson from the Blue-Yellow marginals – don’t assume uniform swing News

    Blog | ConservativeHome source icon

    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

  • 09:35 Nick Clegg: Hancock should resign On air

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

        Nick Clegg said a letter sent to his office by the woman at the centre of allegations against Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock had never reached his desk. “Unfortunately, and it is very, very unfortunate, and it frankly angered me when ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 16th June
  • 10:23 Clegg: Lib Dems will pledge 'cradle to college' spending protection PoliticsHome News

    Clegg: Lib Dems will pledge 'cradle to college' spending protection PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats will go into the 2015 general election promising to protect all education funding, Nick Clegg has said. The Coalition has ringfenced the schools budget, but the Deputy Prime Minister went further today, setting the... Continue to article

  • 10:18 Nick Robinson tweets: Nick Clegg tells me UK will not use force in Iraq but will not stand in the way of 'well judged well targeted military action' by others

    Twitter | Nick Robinson Twitter source icon

    Nick Clegg tells me UK will not use force in Iraq but will not stand in the way of 'well judged well targeted military action' by others

  • = Key Development Friday 13th June
  • 12:13 Lord Storey: Clegg should apologise for Sun pose On air

    On Air | Lord Storey | Liberal Democrat Peer | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Lord Storey

    Lord Storey called on Nick Clegg to apologise after posing with a copy of the Sun newspaper. “Of course he should [apologise]. I don’t think that people outside Merseyside realise the great upset and harm that the Sun caused to the peopl... Continue to article

  • 08:06 Nick Clegg: Parents must be given reassurance over quality and content of education On air

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

    Nick Clegg said his 'parental guarantee' pledge was about giving parents the assurance they needed over the quality and content of their children's education.  "I’m in favour of diversity in schools and I want to give head teachers the a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 12th June
  • 09:48 Nick Clegg: Oxfam poster a refusal to face up to problems On air

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

    Nick Clegg criticised Oxfam for its controversial ‘Perfect Storm’ poster campaign. “There is a fundamental issue here, which is that there is nothing fair, there is nothing progressive, there is nothing liberal, there is nothing in line ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 10th June
  • 08:20 Nick Clegg: Schools need core body of knowledge On air

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

    Nick Clegg sought to define British values in the wake of the schools extremism row, and called for a 'core body of knowledge' to be taught in all schools. "As Michael Gove has said we need to consult on this. But there are some basic th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 9th June
  • 15:20 Dot Commons: Nick Clegg does grown-up politics Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Nick Clegg does grown-up politics

    Nick Clegg made a plea today to end the “synthetic fights” between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. A very reasonable and grown-up demand to make of his party, of course. There might be a few Tories who will feel, well, a bit miffed ...

  • 12:56 Transcript: Nick Clegg speech – Opportunity for Everyone Transcripts

    Nick Clegg speech – Opportunity for Everyone Transcripts

    Today at Bloomberg Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will deliver a speech entitled ‘Opportunity for Everyone’. The recent local and European election results were incredibly difficult for the Liberal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 7th June
  • 11:30 Keith Vaz: Juncker the wrong man for reform agenda On air

    On Air | Keith Vaz MP | Home Affairs Select Committee ... | Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4 Video Keith Vaz MP

    Keith Vaz said Jean-Claude Juncker would be the wrong candidate for those seeking reform of the European Union. “I think it’s a very important issue. I’ve met Juncker on many occasions during the EU summits that I attended as Minister fo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 5th June
  • 20:00 The Knowledge: Who can pass the 'bacon sarnie test' - and does it matter? The Political Pulse

    20:00 | The Political Pulse | PoliticsHome The Political Pulse

    What characteristics constitute a good leader? Does a politician require Churchillian rhetoric that can inspire a nation, a natural ease that makes people want to join them for a pint, dead-eyed calm and cutting intelligence to make the rig... Continue to article

  • 09:40 Nick Clegg: No way Tories would touch Zac's recall proposals with a bargepole On air

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

    Nick Clegg accused Zac Goldsmith of being unrealistic in his aspirations for a system to recall MPs. “Right. I will say this directly to Zac as well, but I will say it now on the radio - I’ve said this to him the House of Commons; I’ve t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 4th June
  • 17:20 Story (59 links): Eleven bills in Queen's Speech - but Labour calls for more

    PoliticsHome Eleven bills in Queen's Speech - but Labour calls for more Story View links

    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."

  • 15:13 Caragh Nimmo blog: Zombie Parliament? Some dead good legislation data News

    Blog | Institute for Government source icon

    There is much more a Parliament could and should usefully do than simply add to the statute book in order to be seen to be alive and kicking. But what does the data show? Continue to article

  • 15:00 CSAN: Welcome the Government's commitment to tackle Modern Slavery Press Release

    15:00| Press Release

    CSAN press release Following this morning's Queen's Speech, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has welcomed the Government's commitment to tackle Modern Slavery. CSAN h... Continue to article

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Eleven bills in Queen's Speech - but Labour calls for more

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."


Conference profits up

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.


Voters doubt coalition future

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.


Tory modernisers call for new coalition

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.


Osborne cool on wealth tax

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.


£9bn of rail investment to be announced

David Cameron and Nick Clegg will tomorrow announce plans for £9bn of investment into Britain's rail network between 2014 and 2019.

The funding will contribute to existing projects such as London's Crossrail as well as new schemes, including the creation of a Northern Hub to increase rail capacity in the region, and an extension of electrification across the country.

But Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said the plans would take too long to have an effect, claiming "It is rail investment now, not post-dated cheques, that will deliver jobs and growth".

"Setting out plans for way beyond the next election helps the industry to plan ahead, but does nothing to boost the economy now," she added.


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