David Cameron's authority suffered a huge blow when more than 100 Conservative MPs defied him by voting for a referendum on the European Union.Britain moved closer to an in/out referendum as Nick Clegg told MPs: "It is a question ofShow More Summary
With David Cameron away in the US, Nick Clegg took to the dispatch box for Prime Minister’s Questions today. Unsurprisingly, there was no shortage of references to EU referendums, most of them of a hostile nature. Ahead of today’s debate...Show More Summary
There was a rare moment of unity between the Tory awkward squad and the Whips at PMQs today. The awkward squad relished brandishing copies of a Liberal Democrat leaflet promising… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman play a cautious game at PMQs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Europa League – whose final takes place in Amsterdam tonight – is the competition the big football clubs don't want to be in, the unloved junior sibling of the Champions League. Today's Prime Minister's Questions brought it to mind as stand-ins Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman played out a grim, goalless draw in a [...]
Last week, Dan Hodges suggested that the lid on Nick Clegg's coffin could be creaking open. At Prime Minister's Questions today, Westminster's favourite dead man walking wasn't so much revived as tap-dancing across the political stage like Lazarus doing the lambada. Partly, Clegg was helped because – as was observed on Twitter – the Tory [...]
"It's a question of when not if." That's Nick Clegg on an EU referendum in the Commons, where Tory MPs lined up to shoot at him over the Lib Dem position on Europe. Mr Clegg, of course, is refusing to allow Government time for the Conservatives' legislation promising an in/out referendum by 2017. Instead of [...]
The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is— “Do you think that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union?” That is from the draft European Union (Referendum) Bill 2013, just published by the Conservative Party. Is that a fair question? Doubtless some will think it leans to far [...]
Jeff Weintraub: >Nick Cohen (and Andrew Adonis) explains how Britain's Liberal Democrats sold their birthright and didn't even get a mess of pottage for it:
Review of 5 Days in May by Andrew Adonis Cool anger drives Andrew Adonis’s first-hand account of how Labour tried to stop the Liberal Democrats handing Britain over to a reactionary and incompetent Conservative administration. As a Blairite education and transport minister and a former member of the Social Democratic party, Adonis had spent his […]
Below is a copy of the latest of Nick Clegg’s letters to Lib Dem members that you might like to read: Dear Les, Fair pensions. Decent care in your old age. A tax cut for small businesses taking on staff. A major new high speed railway. Energy investment to keep lights on and bills affordable. [...]
Labour isn’t going to win the next election. That’s not my assessment, but an analysis by the YouGov pollster Peter Kellner, published in today’s Guardian. According to Wintour: Labour has a mountain to climb to win the next election outright, and is still failing to chalk up big enough leads on image or leadership to [...]
What is Nick Clegg for? The question arises from Lib Dem opposition to plans to relax child care rules. And from Lib Dem opposition to the so-called Snoopers’ Charter. And from Lib Dem efforts to block various Tory ambitions on Europe and married couples’ tax allowance and – though no one mentions it any more [...]
The latest extracts of the Andrew Adonis’ book on the 2010 coalition negotiations couldn’t have been better designed to stir up Tory backbench bad feeling to Nick Clegg. Adonis claims that… Continue reading The post What was Clegg’s priority in the last few hours of the coalition talks? Stopping a European renegotiation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Today’s results for UKIP have re-opened the question of whether Nigel Farage should join the three political leaders in the live TV election debates in 2015. David Cameron’s allies are… Continue reading The post Tory MP suggests Nigel Farage takes Nick Clegg’s place in 2015 debates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nick Clegg is frustrated. He told callers on LBC this morning that ‘one of the most frustrating dilemmas that we have face in government is that we have thrown a… Continue reading The post No more radical reforms, please, we’ve pushed our MPs too far appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Listen hard in Whitehall and you will hear the sound of what Nick Clegg told me today was a "bunfight". Ministers are squaring up for a battle over whose budget is to be cut next. A further £11bn in cuts have to be found and announced...Show More Summary
In a detailed interview on the Sunday Politics, Nick Clegg claimed that neither the Home Secretary nor Downing Street have ever proposed to him that Britain should temporarily leave the… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg: No one has proposed to me that the UK should leave the European Court of Human Rights appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
How do they avoid boxing themselves in again? Prior to the last general election, Nick Clegg stated that in the event of a hung parliament, “the party which has got the strongest mandate from the British people will have the first right to seek to govern … the votes of the British people are what [...]
Commenting on the news that Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg has vetoed plans for a so called ‘Snoopers’ Charter’, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert said: “I am delighted that Nick Clegg has stood up for the British public on this. [...]
Earlier today, I received an important email from the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg to explain why he and the Liberal Democrats in Government will not be supporting the “Snooper’s Charter” I thought you would like to read his message: Dear Les, Today I’ve made clear that the Liberal Democrats will [...]