The actor Steve Coogan discussed the issue of press regulation with the Deputy Prime Minister at the Liberal Democrat conference today.
Town halls are to be given £100 million to spend on new nursery places to ensure poor families can take advantage of free childcare.
Now the Business Secretary has spoken we still don't have much more detail on how the bank of Vince would actually work in practice.
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.
The UK Independence Party has knocked the Liberal Democrats into fourth place surging ahead with a record poll rating. The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror puts Ukip on 14 per cent - a six-point gain on last month and the party's highest rating in a ComRes poll.
The poll put the Conservatives on 28 per cent, down three points from a month ago and 11 points behind Labour, who are down four on 39 per cent.Support for the Lib Dems fell to just nine per cent, a one-point fall on the month. The poll was of 2,002 British adults online between December 12 and 14.
Hugh Grant was seen attending the Liberal Democrats conference yesterday, the latest in a list of celebrities including Steve Coogan who have met Nick Clegg as part of the Hacked Off campaign.
The entrepreneur Lord Sugar has hit out at the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg for suggesting that he should be stripped of his bus pass.
He posted on Twitter:
The twit Nick Clegg moaning about me having a bus pass. Idiot I haven't got one http://t.co/ZN9pxUvJ .
I wonder if Nick Clegg rich wife will take her bus pass when she becomes of age ,and if he will take his EU pension. The man is embaresment
Mr Clegg had said that, in his view, pensioners should be stripped of universal benefits such as free bus passes and winter fuel payments.
He said: "We are giving free bus passes and TV licences and winter fuel payments to Alan Sugar ... while limiting housing benefit to families on much lower incomes."
The latest Index poll by ComRes for ITV News reveals that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is the least trusted of our leaders to see the country through the economic downturn.
Some 65% of the population said they did not trust him with the economy.
We asked: Do you, or would you, trust each of the following politicians to see the country through the current economic situation?
- David Cameron - Yes: 34% No: 50%
- Ed Miliband - Yes: 20% No: 56%
- George Osborne - Yes: 19% No: 58%
- Ed Balls - Yes: 16% No: 59%
- Nick Clegg - Yes: 16% No: 65%
ComRes interviewed 2,035 adults online from 21st to 23rd September 2012.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended his leadership of the Liberal Democrats, after recent polls revealed the Business Secretary Vince Cable would be a more popular leader.
Mr Clegg told ITV News' Political Editor,Tom Bradby: "We're at the most difficult point of the journey. As long as you're clear about the destination. What you don't do, is flinch and bail out."
The Liberal Democrat's leadership suffered a damaging defeat at their Brighton conference today when party activists voted to ditch legislation which would introduce secret hearings in court.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended his leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
He told Channel 5 News:
" We are in the middle of a very difficult journey.
" I am not going to flinch or bail out, just when that journey becomes particularly difficult."
He also said he was "absolutely determined" to lead the party through the next General Election and beyond.
Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has pledged to continue to argue against legal tax-dodging by wealthy companies and individuals and for the mansion tax. He told delegates at the Liberal Democrat conference:
"In this country we tax work, effort income too highly and unearned work too much, and unearned wealth far too little. Now you can move your money off shore but you can't move your mansion. That is why we want a tax on mansions. It is simple, it is fair and unavoidable."