MEP Algeria tweet condemned

Nick Clegg has condemned Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson's now-deleted tweet relating to the hostage situation in Algeria as 'sick' and offensive. The tweet, which read 'Al Qaeda 1, David Cameron 0' has since been deleted.

Clegg: Algeria tweet sent from MEP's account is 'sick and offensive'

by - Former Political Correspondent

A spokesman for Nick Clegg said an Algeria-related tweet sent from Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson's account was "sick and offensive."

We have not been able to verify whether this tweet is authentic.

But whoever it is from, it is clearly sick and offensive and utterly condemned by Nick Clegg.

– Spokesman for Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader

The tweet, since deleted, read: "Al Qaeda 1, @David_Cameron 0".

I'm told Mr Clegg was "furious" when he heard about the message. The party is still stressing, however, that they can't be sure Mr Watson himself sent it.

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Lib Dems condemn MEP's 'offensive' Algeria tweet

by - Former Political Correspondent

The Lib Dem press office tells me that MEP Graham Watson's now-deleted tweet relating to the hostage situation in Algeria was "offensive" and "obviously wrong".

It has now been deleted.

A screengrab of the now-deleted tweet by Graham Watson. Credit: @TVRav

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