A major new childcare package to help millions of parents with the cost of living and give children the best possible start in life was unveiled by Nick Clegg today. The new tax-free childcare scheme, announced by the Liberal Democrats last year, will be increased from £1,200 to £2,000 per child and the scheme will […]
Today Nick Clegg has revealed Labour’s secret plans to scrap half a million apprentices because they think they are ‘deadweight’. In the strongest signal yet that Labour can’t be trusted to build a stronger economy, the plans would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs, and would damage the skills base […]
Hattie Harman tried to crack Clegg today. The deputy prime minister, standing in for David Cameron, explained carefully that his boss was visiting, ‘Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.’ Not… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: what Tony Blair knew about being a toff, and what Nick Clegg doesn’t appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
David Cameron may have missed prime minister's questions as he travelled in the Middle East, but Nick Clegg stuck to the Cameron script when it comes to Wales. The deputy prime minister tried to deflect a question about the NHS in England with a reference to the NHS in Wales. Show More Summary
The Liberal Democrats are never going to be loved in the pages of the Daily Mail: our open, liberal and progressive brand of politics tends to be at odds with their editorial worldview (to put it mildly). However, even I have been surprised at the level of criticism – much of it misleading – aimed […]
For those who missed Dominic Cummings, recently departed Michael Gove adviser, on BBC Radio 4?s World At One, here’s the extraordinary transcript which confirms what Coffee Housers will have feared.… Continue reading The post Revealed: how Nick Clegg made up his ‘free school meals’ pledge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I much recommend Nick Clegg’s weekend speech. Since it was given at the Liberal Democrat Spring some people may have missed it. There is hardly a line that cannot draw a… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg’s comedy act appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nick Clegg yesterday sought to quell the colleagues who are jockeying to replace him, declaring he will not step down as Liberal Democrat leader until 2020, come what may. It's a bold claim. Few in the party think we would want, let alone be allowed, to stick around as the leader of a rump party [...]
Nick Clegg must have hoped that today's papers would devote themselves to reflecting his love affair with Britain, as set out in his speech to his party's spring conference in York yesterday ("Tea ad the shipping forecast make Britain great, says Clegg" is our take, though Quentin Letts says it's all guff). Instead he's stuck [...]
Nick Clegg’s spring conference speech seems to have been written entirely with Nigel Farage in mind. The Lib Dem leader has decided to go after the Ukip chief, and today’s… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg loves Britain, and fighting Farage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Since I became the Deputy Prime Minister I have had the privilege of spending a bit of time representing Britain’s interests in other parts of the world. I have visited… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg’s ‘I love Britain’ speech: full text appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nick Clegg has delivered his speech to the Lib Dems’ Spring Conference in York. You can read the full text below: Since I became the Deputy Prime Minister I have had the privilege of spending a bit of time representing Britain’s interests in other parts of the world. I have visited Latin America and […]
Messsage from Nick Clegg on International Women’s Day Transcript: Throughout my life, I’ve been inspired by the courage, success and determination of so many women – friends, family and colleagues. International Women’s Day is a chance for all of us to shout loudly and together in support of greater equality, wherever it’s needed. And, since […]
Nick Clegg spent this morning singing the Lib Dem equivalent of Take That’s Back for Good, telling his target voters from the teaching profession that whatever one of his colleagues… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg: Vince Cable never intended to offend teachers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The European Parliament elections will be held this May, and here are some European politicians who are worried that some voters may turn to anti-E.U. or racist parties. One of the most prominent of the euroskeptic parties is the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Show More Summary
It’s just been announced – the date we’ve been waiting for, when Nick Clegg will face Nigel Farage to debate whether Britain should be in or out of the EU. Nick challenged Nigel two weeks ago on his Call Clegg radio show on LBC. The debate will actually be televised, on BBC2 and will take […]
I am not a massive Nick Clegg fan. In pieces such as Nick Clegg officially joins the Muppets I have offered a pretty robust critique of the Deputy Prime Minister. For me, the tuition fees business was the defining Clegg moment. Not only did he campaign in the last election on a false prospectus, he [...]
Alt Text: Clegg and Farage THE dates have been set for two debates in which Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will go head to head on Britain’s future in Europe. Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, the most pro-EU of the main parties, and Farage’sShow More Summary
It is being reported that the Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Nick Clegg is to accuse Ukip leader Nigel Farage and his colleagues in the European Parliament of failing to “stand up for Britain”. According to a report from the BBC Nick Clegg is expected to say: Mr Farage “rarely” turns up to vote in […]
Nick Clegg has lamented the Tories’ inconsistency and hostility towards raising the income tax threshold. Following his speech at the Royal United Services Institute this morning, Clegg was asked about the progress of talks with the Conservatives about raising the tax threshold in the next Budget. Clegg told journalists: “I’ve been long of the view […]