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Clegg: May comments mark 'new low' for coalition

Nick Clegg has hit back at Home Secretary Theresa May's "appaling" claim that the Liberal Democrats had put "children at risk" by rejecting the "snooper's charter" bill in Parliament.

Nick Clegg withdrew his support for the Draft Communications Data Bill - or Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive

The Deputy Prime Minister said he had written to May demanding an apology for the "false and outrageous" claim during her speech at the Conservative Party conference this week.

In the address, May said the move by the Liberal Democrats to vote against the draft Communications Data Bill had meant the National Crime Agency had to drop "at least twenty cases" - including some where children's lives were at risk - due to missing communications data.

Clegg said the comments marked a "new low" in coalition government relations - adding that Home Office "inactivity" had instead been to blame.

"To say [...] 'you are putting children at risk' when it's not true is a level of outrageous misinformation I have not witnessed in the four and a half years I have been in this government," he said on his regular LBC phone-in.

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Donation increased after Hague called Aaron Banks 'a nobody'

Former Tory Party donor Aaron Banks has given Ukip £1 million. Credit: ITV News

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IFS: More cuts or taxes needed to fund Conservative pledges

Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), calculated the tax changes both to the personal allowance and to the 40p tax rate would cost "in the order of £7 billion a year" by 2020.

He told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "This will only help income tax payers, it will essentially help anyone with incomes between £10,000 and £100,000."

So how are you going to afford this, well even more dramatic spending cuts or actually what's happened quite often over parts of this parliament is that we've seen other bits and pieces of tax increases to pay for some of the increases in the personal allowance.

– Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

PM discussed mentioning son Ivan in speech with wife

David Cameron discussed the portion of his speech which alluded to his son Ivan with his wife before using him as an example in the Prime Minister's attack on Labour.

Commentators remarked that Mrs Cameron looked teary-eyed during the section

The Prime Minister said his family know more than most how important the NHS is after going to hospital "night after night" with their disabled son, who was born with a rare genetic condition and died in 2009, aged six.

Aides said Mr Cameron had discussed with his wife whether to include the passage in his speech and that Samantha was "very strongly and personally passionate" about the need to discuss the NHS and its effect on their lives.

For me, this is personal: I am someone who has relied on the NHS and whose family knows more than most just how important it is. Who knows what it is like when you go to hospital night after night with a sick child in your arms knowing that when you get there, there are people who will love that child and care for that child just as if it was their own.

How dare they suggest I would ever put that at risk for other people's children. How dare they frighten those who rely on our National Health Service.

– David Cameron
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