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Call Clegg: “There were serious mistakes and the women were let down”

We might not have blamed Nick Clegg if he’d stayed under the duvet with a detective novel rather than turn up for his weekly Call Clegg session on LBC. Our leader is not one to duck out of things, though, and deserves respect for not hiding away and allowing himself to be quizzed on live radio. Clearly he was going to be asked  about the allegations surrounding Lord Rennard (which the peer strenuously denies) and what he had done about them.

For the first time he acknowledged that although the main reason for the former Chief Executive’s resignation was health, this …

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Lord Oakeshott departs as a Lib Dem Treasury spokesman

By “mutual agreement”, earlier today Lord Oakeshott stopped being a Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman in the Lords. In a lively alternative to the usually banal exchange of letters on such occasions, Oakeshott and Danny Alexander instead exchanged waspish soundbites.

Matthew Oakeshott criticised today’s deal with the banks on bonuses, lending and other matters saying, “If this is robust action on bank bonuses, my name’s Bob Diamond and I’m going to claim my £9m bonus next week”.

Danny Alexander responded on Channel 4 that his “name clearly isn’t Bob Diamond”.

Lord Oakeshott was not “the” Liberal Democrat spokesman in the Lords, a role which …

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  • User AvatarJudy Abel 6th Feb - 12:02am
    I know what I'm going to say won't be very popular, but in all discussion on childcare, no one ever mentions what might actually be...
  • User AvatarTracy 5th Feb - 11:09pm
    Apologies for the typos above. I blame my phone!
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 5th Feb - 11:07pm
    @Tony Greaves @Nick Thornsby You are both correct. As I asked in the first posting, if people really would prefer us have 5 MPs, one...
  • User AvatarTracy 5th Feb - 11:06pm
    Totally agree with you Ian. It is neither liberal nor democratic. I don't think there is any such thing as 'positive' discrimination. It is discrimination...
  • User AvatarNick Thornsby 5th Feb - 10:39pm
    Interesting piece and comments thread. Given that we now know (if we ever didn't) that there are no safe Lib Dem seats, I can't help...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 5th Feb - 10:05pm
    No-one has yet answered the underlying practical question posed. We have no safe seats to guarantee automatic election. At the next election we will have...