"I want to be Prime Minister," says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has bullishly insisted he will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats after the next General Election and still wants to be Prime Minister.

In his latest “Call Clegg” phone-in session, Clegg was asked if he saw himself as LibDem leader after 2015 and if he still wanted the top job and responded – “Yes to both!”

The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments come as polls indicate the Liberal Democrats’ political fortunes are still waning, as they have been drawing level with UKIP to be the third most popular political party.

Clegg also defended his decision to lead the Liberal Democrats in voting down the boundary review plans earlier this week, saying:

“The coalition Government is a deal. An important part of that deal was finally to have people in the Lords who create the laws of the land, being the people who obey the laws of the land - voted in.

“The Conservatives didn’t keep their part of the deal by not agreeing to Lords reform. We’re not repealing the legislation, we’re just delaying. You do these things as a package. A deal is a deal”

 

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  • Utterly laughable. What has Clegg (or any other current party leader) done to deserve holding the highest office in the land? To lead a nation you need to have a real vision about what's best for the nation and to convince the population of its worth. Reforming the Lords? Gay marriage? Damning scroungers yet lambasting businesses that make profits? On yer bike to the Euro gravy train Cleggy. Boris, on the other hand makes real sense.

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  • "The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments come as polls indicate the Liberal Democrats’ political fortunes are still waning, as they have been drawing level with UKIP to be the third most popular political party."

    ICM poll from Sunday:

    Lib Dems 15%
    UKIP 6:

    YouGov Poll from today

    Lib Dems 10%
    UKIP 7%

    So, on average this week Lib Dems 12.5% UKIP 6.5%. The Battle for Third Party has been won by the Third Party,

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  • Clegg as prime minister, all I can say, god helps us.

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  • Clegg's a liar. The boundary changes, which LibDems originally favoured, were in exchange for a vote on reforming the Commons voting system. This took place, and the was decisively rejected. House of Lords reform was not part of this agreement. Naturally, LibDems are desperate for proportional representation; that way there is a good chance that they will hold the balance of power, whilst having been elected by a small minority of voters. Clegg is is a feather-weight, leading a party which tries to appeal to everyone by changing its message according to its audience. I agree with Helena!

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