Clegg warning over cuts

On the final day of the Lib Dem conference in Brighton, Nick Clegg has warned of further 'belt tightening' at next election in his keynote speech to the party.

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Clegg set out a 'clear and compelling vision' for the party

Nick set out a clear and compelling vision for the party, going from the party of opposition that we were to the party of government that we are now.

I think people will go back with a very strong sense of what we are doing as a party.

You heard the reaction in the hall that was enthusiastic and warm. That's what we would have expected but I think it shows that the party is comfortable with the journey it's on and we should keep going in that direction.

– Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Nick Clegg jokes over Boris's 'fulsome backing'

Nick Clegg joked he was glad Boris Johnson had found "one party leader he is prepared to endorse in public" after the Mayor of London gave him his "fulsome backing" in a comment piece.

During his keynote speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton, Mr Clegg said: "As a politician you get used to receiving criticism and praise from the strangest quarters.

"But even I was taken a little by surprise by the fulsome backing I received on the comment pages of the Daily Telegraph on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA Wire

"The article praised my judgement, my policies, Miriam of course. But then I saw who it was by - a certain Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

"Well, still, at least he has found one party leader he is prepared to endorse in public."

Mr Johnson hailed the Liberal Democrat leader as a "natural Tory" in an article for the Daily Telegraph and insisted people should be grateful he "laid down his political life" to form the coalition.

He also gave 20 reasons why everybody should be grateful for Mr Clegg, declaring: "Never mind the badgers – save the Cleggster from extermination!"

Mixed views over Clegg's attack on Labour

Marcus Learoyd from Corby in Northamptonshire gives his reaction to Nick Clegg's speech.

Marcus Learoyd, a businessman from Corby in Northamptonshire, who watched Nick Clegg's speech with ITV News, said he "felt quite inspired" when the Deputy Prime Minister declared: "It was Labour who plunged us into austerity and it is we, the Liberal Democrats, who will get us out."

However teacher Nicola Mola disagreed, arguing that she didn't think "blaming Labour made him look good".

Nick Clegg 'not doing anything to improve industry'

Denis from Corby in Northamptonshire gives her reaction to Nick Clegg's keynote speech.

Denis Martin, a painter and decorator from Corby in Northamptonshire, who watched Nick Clegg's speech with ITV News, said the Deputy Prime Minister says he is "raising people out of poverty but everything else is going up".

He added: "It's about how we are going to get out of this. He says he is doing us a favour but he really is not doing anything to improve industry so wages rise."

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Clegg needs to 'back up' his promises

Michelle Lynch from Corby in Northamptonshire gives her reaction to Nick Clegg's keynote speech.

Michelle Lynch, a care worker from Corby in Northamptonshire, who watched Nick Clegg's speech with ITV News, said it all "sounded very positive". However, she added: "I would just like him to back it up a bit and see it through. If he delivers on what he promises it's very positive."

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