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Highlights of Nick Clegg's appearance on Leaders Live

Nick Clegg is the fourth political party leader to answer young voters' questions as part of Leaders Live - the country's first series of Q&As streamed on YouTube.

The Liberal Democrat leader spoke about minimum wages, zero-hours contracts, tuition fees, mental health and immigration among other issues.

Here are some highlights from the live Q&A:


Cable: Osborne's spending plans would be devastating

George Osborne's plans to cut public spending to reduce the deficit would be "devastating" for the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable has claimed.

Business Secretary Vince Cable. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

Describing the Chancellor's plans announced in the Autumn Statement as "ideologically driven", Mr Cable said the police, armed forces and social care would be severely hit by the proposals.

The Business Secretary said he would "really worry" if the spending plans in the next parliament were realised.

Mr Cable told the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show that the Liberal Democrats had kept the Conservatives on a "tight leash" and they had been "well behaved" while in coalition, but were now promoting "extremes" ahead of next year's general election.

Responding to Tory accusations that the Liberal Democrat's plans would leave the country in chaos, Cable said: "We are committed to financial discipline, but we're not veering off to the extreme ideology that the Tories seem to want."

Nick Clegg: Leaders Live a 'fantastic initiative'

Nick Clegg has said his Leaders Live Q&A on Tuesday 16th December will bring political debate "to where young people are already active".

The Liberal Democrat leader said:

Leaders Live is a fantastic initiative from Bite the Ballot to get young people involved in the political debate. This project will take the leaders of the main political parties to where young people are already active – through exciting new ways of communicating.

– Nick Clegg, liberal democrats


Lib Dems: Miliband 'only paying lip service' to Lords reform

Ed Miliband is paying "lip service" to the principle of House of Lords reform the Liberal Democrats have said.

The Labour leader's plans drew an angry response from the Lib Dems who bitterly accused Labour of combining with Conservative MPs to wreck their plans to reform the Lords two years ago.

Ed Miliband partnered up with backbench Tories to destroy the best chance this country has had to reform the Lords.

We could have given the UK greater representation in Parliament, but when presented with the chance, he bottled it; turned his back and ran.

This is simply lip-service from a Labour party who have no intention of actually delivering.

– Sir Malcolm Bruce Lib Dem deputy leader

Voters: 'We cannot take Lib Dems as a serious party'

Voters in four of the constituencies the Lib Dems cannot afford to lose in the next election have said they cannot take the party seriously.

Student Felix Kankwamba said he can no longer trust Nick Clegg over his U-turn on tuition fees.

While Brian Roberson said the new policies Clegg was promising, including the introduction of waiting times for the mentally ill, was "purely for elections".

'Clegg had to prove he had some fight left in him'

As the conference season comes to an end, Nick Clegg had to prove he had some fight left in him after his U-turn on policies such as tuition fees.

In what some billed as his "best speech yet", the Lib Dem leader blasted the Tories saying the country does not want a party running it which "only looks after its own kind".

He further pledged to introduce national waiting times for those with mental health issues.

But tomorrow's by-election vote in Clacton, which could see the first Ukip MP getting into parliament, could change the political dynamic all over again.

Simon Hughes: 'Best ever' Clegg conference speech

Justice Minister Simon Hughes has described Nick Clegg's conference speech as the Lib Dem leader's "best ever".

Simon Hughes addressing Lib Dem members in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"He has been in absolutely top form all week," Mr Hughes said.

In contrast, he claimed the Labour conference had been "flat as a pancake" with a "disaster" of a speech from Ed Miliband, while the Tory conference had been characterised by "very nasty policies".

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