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Ed Davey forms European green alliance to help Cameron win global race

You might not think that the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey was key to Prime Minister’s David Cameron’s plans to “win the global race”, but you’d be wrong.

Davey is a key proponent of the need to work with allies in Europe to drive through EU reforms that benefit Britain in the world, something we feel strongly about at British Influence.

While a Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, he set up the Like-minded Group of EU ministers, to drive economic growth in the EU and cut back on

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Opinion: Nick Clegg to set out patriotic case for a reformed Europe

In January, I wrote for Liberal Democrat Voice just as British Influence, the cross-party umbrella campaign to keep Britain in Europe, was starting and Prime Minister David Cameron was about to fire the starting gun for an in/out referendum on our EU membership.

Tomorrow in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will throw his weight back into the debate with an important speech setting out our party’s stall on the pro-European agenda, including our own commitment to an in/out referendum.

Lib Dems will fight the European Parliament elections next year on …

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Opinion: A new group to urge close EU ties and fight the growing isolationist tide

European Union flags - Some rights reserved by tristam sparksAs a Lib Dem member who supports membership of the EU but sometimes finds this hard to verbalise to my friends, I have often noticed that Europe brings out strong opinions in people.

It can be a source of heated argument around the dinner table and on TV studio sofas. The stronger the views on one side, the more entrenched the other can become. Facts can be in short supply.

The hard truth is that Europe represents half of all our trade in

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  • User AvatarJohnTilley 31st Oct - 9:46am
    So if we break down Clegg's words -- 1. Blame it on the Italians 2. Blame it on the EU 3. Blame it on the...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 31st Oct - 9:46am
    Another reminder of how comfortable Nick is toeing the career politicians' line. Sadly, once in government he went native so fast we didn't realise it...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 31st Oct - 9:45am
    John, I think you are being unfair. The questions Clegg gets in Parliament from opposition MPs are usually loaded with total venom and bile. If...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 31st Oct - 9:44am
    @ Simon Banks - so your agreeing with me. No effort to win the by-election, concentrating on an irrelevant local council seat, little outside help,...
  • User AvatarTsar Nicolas 31st Oct - 9:41am
    Caron, You work hard at a thankless task, but given the hullabaloo over the Botswana thread, I am really surprised that you have posted this...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 31st Oct - 9:16am
    Caractacus: I assume you went to Clacton and saw that the effort was zilch? I would agree that the level of outside help was disappointing,...