Clegg's permanent coalition call

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has told his party's conference that he believes coalitions should be a permanent feature of British politics. But 67% of voters appear to prefer single-party government, according to the ITV News Index.

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Clegg singles out Lib Dem and Tory differences

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Nick Clegg has been explicitly pointing out, as has been the message all week at the Liberal Democrat conference, how the Liberal Democrats are different to the Conservatives.

This is Clegg's list of what he claims he has "stopped":

"Sometimes compromise and agreement isn’t possible and you just have to say “no”. Inheritance tax cuts for millionaires - no. Bringing back O’ levels and a two-tier education system - no. Profit-making in schools – no. New childcare ratios – no.

"Firing workers at will, without any reasons given – no, absolutely not."

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Coalition should be 'permanent feature of UK politics'

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Nick Clegg addresses his party in Glasgow today.
Nick Clegg addresses his party in Glasgow today. Credit: Pool

Nick Clegg believes the Coalition should be a permanent feature of the British political system.

He maintains the polls show a hung parliament is very likely in 2015 too.

Clegg has told his party members in Glasgow: "The country is finally emerging from the biggest economic crisis in living memory. The absolute worst thing to do would be to give the keys to Number 10 to a single party government – Labour or the Conservatives."

Read: Poll: Only a quarter of Lib Dem voters support Clegg

Clegg starts speech at Lib Dem party conference

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has begun his party conference speech in Glasgow by discussing the beginnings and formation of the coalition government in 2010.

He said:

You saw the calm bit in the rose garden. What you didn’t see was the utter chaos indoors.

To say the Coalition caught Whitehall off guard is a massive understatement.

The Government machine had no idea how it was going to handle power sharing – and not just the furniture, this was going to need a complete overhaul of how decisions would be taken and departments would be run.

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Clegg about to begin closing Lib Dem speech

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is about to begin his closing speech at the party's conference in Glasgow.

The theme that the Deputy Prime Minister will focus on is how the Liberal Democrats are and will continue to be in the future, a party of government.

He will also highlight his party's role in the economic recovery, stating that the recovery would not have happened without the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg arrives for his speech with wife Miriam

Nick Clegg has arrived to deliver his keynote speech at the end of the Liberal Democrat annual conference.

The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to tell his party that they are "no one's little brother."

Read more: Majority of voters 'want return to single party government'

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam arriving ahead of his speech.
Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam arriving ahead of his speech.

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