Leadership Platform 1: Nick Clegg – ‘Clegg so far’

The Campaign Team has set out a “Clegg So Far” briefing to be circulated on Monday to journalists – but Lib Dem Voice is getting a first look.


In a Radio 5 Live hustings where Nick was the favourite candidate for all four callers he championed the cause of British manufacturing. Listen again.
Affordable Housing
Speaking at a Cumbrian hill farm, Nick outlined proposals to use vacant buildings in rural areas, especially on farms, to develop new affordable housing.
Having challenged the party to be bold and ambitious in his declaration statement, Nick went further, pledging to double the party’s MPs (see end of article)
Council Tax
Nick Clegg announced plans to cut council tax for low and middle income families by introducing a progressive tax on non-domiciled taxpayers.
ID cards
Nick pledged to lead a campaign of civil disobedience to thwart Identity Cards if they are made compulsory, and refused ever to register.
Missile Defence
Nick has set out his opposition to the government’s plans to allow part of George Bush’s missile defence programme to be sited in the UK.
Speaking at a hustings in central London, Nick expressed his opposition to advertising targeted at toddlers, having seen its effects on his two young sons.
Climate Change
Writing for the Guardian, Nick set out plans for a Climate Change Covenant, between government, business and individuals.
Home Affairs
As Home Affairs spokesman Nick has stood up for civil liberties against extended pre-charge detention and called for Sir Ian Blair to resign over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Having promised to put education back at the heart of the Liberal Democrats, Nick pledged to bring school funding for the poorest children up to private school levels, with a “pupil premium” he first proposed in a 2003 book, Learning for Europe.
Nick set out clear proposals for ending immigration chaos, after government figures were shown to be inaccurate. He was then involved in a Newsnight debate on the issue.
Figures uncovered by Nick showing 4.5m people’s DNA is now stored on the national database were showcased on the front page of the Daily Mail.
Writing in the Financial Times, Nick set out plans for reform of the European Union, while setting out the full case for Britain’s ongoing involvement in Europe.
Drugs and Alcohol
Nick outlined proposals for a total overhaul of drug and alcohol policy in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
Nick set the party a deadline of two general elections to solve the problems of underrepresentation, and pledged to lead fundraising for a new Liberal Democrat Academy.
Nick has secured the endorsements of hundreds of activists and campaigners, and the backing of Paddy Ashdown and Steve Webb was followed by the support last week of Simon Hughes and Shirley Williams.
Nick secured so much support on his Facebook group he had to ask some members to join regional groups instead – so the campaign could send messages to everyone.

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  • Geoffrey Payne 11th Nov '07 - 11:12pm

    I thought our policy was to replace the council tax with the Local Income Tax.
    Is Nick Clegg rejecting that policy?

  • The Radio 5 broadcast is worth listening to. The manufacturing thing comes up first in the speed-dating section. Chris comes up with an answer that is almost a definition of “too clever by half” – telling the questioner that the decline is exaggerated (it is all because manufacturing companies have outsourced the factory canteen).

    The message of the broadcast is not so much that one candidate communicates and the other doesn’t (Nick wins on this but Chris – after a sticky start – has his moments). The message is that Nick is streets ahead on empathy.

    Incidentally I believe they both got the OFT conclusions on milk prices wrong (but perhaps I got the wrong end of the stick on that).

  • The last Radical 12th Nov '07 - 12:35am

    Nick may be streets ahead on ’empathy’, and arguably this played well for Tony Blair, but I’m not sure it will work again, especially as Cameron does empathy too.

    We need to show ourselves to be diffeent from the Con/Lab consensus, and I’m afraid the above list from Nick looks too bland for me.

    …and Geoffrey Payne is right, to talk of reducing Council Tax is crazy. ‘Axe the Tax’ is one of our most popular campaigns, and should not be watered down.

  • 3 I am with Joe on this. It really isn’t an optional extra.

  • 4. Agreed. Plus I think some people give Cameron a little too much credit. Cameron tries to do empathy – it doesn’t mean he succeeds. And it’s hardly difficult to be more honest/gutsy/genuine than Cameron.

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