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TV drama to depict Clegg's role in forming Coalition

Nick Clegg's role in forming the Coalition government will be at the centre of a one-off drama on Channel 4 in the run-up to next year's election.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the Downing Street garden in 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the Downing Street garden in 2010 Credit: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

The programme, which has been written by playwright James Graham, will follow the Liberal Democrat leader during the 2010 election and the wrangling that followed.

What we try to capture in this drama is the tension, the high stakes, and the frequent farcical and absurd nature of what happens when a power is wrangled, negotiated and fought over like children trading cards in the playground.

– James Graham

The 90-minute film, with the working title Coalition, is the latest in a string of political dramas on the channel.

Lib Dems will go after 'Mr Bigs'

Abolishing prison sentences for drug possession will free up resources to go after the "Mr Bigs", Justice Secretary Simon Hughes told Good Morning Britain.

Responding to criticism of the Lib Dem manifesto pledge, announced today by party leader Nick Clegg, Mr Hughes said: "the people who simply are picked up for having drugs which they are using themselves...and we don't believe that sending them to prison which costs the state a lot of money...is the answer and we would use the money we save...to concentrate on the 'Mr Bigs', the people who sell drugs, the people who promote the drugs, the people who import the drugs."

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Mother 'wishes' drug addict son went to prison

A mother whose heroin-addicted son committed suicide told Good Morning Britain a bit of her "wishes" he had gone to prison.

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, who has written a book about her experience and set up charity DrugFAM, spoke out against Nick Clegg's Lib Dem manifesto pledge, announced today, to abolish prison sentences for drug possession.

Read: Son's drugs death 'like having a limb ripped off'

Clegg: Boris treats his ambition like he treats his hair

Nick Clegg has called Boris Johnson a "conventional" politician who "treats his political ambition a bit like he treats his hair."

Clegg said the Mayor of London, who announced his intention to stand at the next General Election, liked to pretend he did not care about his appearance or career - but was actually "fixated" with them.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopes to become an MP at the next General Election.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopes to become an MP at the next General Election. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"The thing about Boris Johnson is despite all the kind of clumsiness and bumbliness, he's actually a really, really ambitious politician," the Deputy Prime Minister said on his regular LBC radio phone in.

"He wants everyone to think that he doesn't really care, but he actually really, really does care."

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Clegg calls for restrictions on future EU immigration

Some future new members of the EU should be made to wait for more than the current limit of seven years before their citizens gain the right to settle and work in the UK, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg has called for restrictions on immigration from future new members of the EU Credit: PA

And countries like Britain need to be given the right to "put on the brakes" if excessive numbers of migrants arrive after the lifting of so-called "transition controls".

Mr Clegg also said that a loophole allowing early entry for entrepreneurs should be scrapped, to stop immigrants posing as self-employed businessmen to get into the country only to take up low-paid work in restaurants or farms.

Clegg to outline extra training to help stop FGM

Teachers, doctors and social workers will be given extra training to identify and help girls who might be at risk of becoming victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: PA

The measures will see new guidance for professionals become part of compulsory training in public sector organisations.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will set out a package of measures to tackle FGM at a summit tomorrow.

The plan will involve supporting a small network of "community champions" to encourage volunteers who want to provide help in areas affected by FGM.

Clegg: Prime Minister's Questions is a 'complete farce'

Nick Clegg has launched an attack on Prime Minister's Questions, calling the weekly debate a "complete farce" that ordinary people find "totally off-putting".

Speaking on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch programme, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "It's just people... shouting at each other, it's a very concentrated, gladiator, sort of spectacle.

Nick Clegg said 'normal people' find PMQs 'totally off-putting'.
Nick Clegg said 'normal people' find PMQs 'totally off-putting'. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"There are some people who might like it, my own view is most normal people - and most normal people don't follow the ins and outs of politics - find the whole thing totally off-putting," he argued.

The Deputy Prime Minister also made broader criticisms of Parliament, which he said was "stuck in the past".

"Some of the pomp and ceremony is all right but some of it is just so out of date. This is a place which had a 19th-century shooting gallery but didn't have a creche until quite recently," he said.

Read: Nick Clegg pokes fun at Daily Mail in fashion tweet

Nick Clegg pokes fun at Daily Mail in fashion tweet

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has poked fun at the Daily Mail by posting a photo on Twitter of what he is wearing today.

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What I wore to the office today. Fingers crossed the Mail approves. Hope I don't look too '80s cabin attendant'. http://t.co/bVy7wCkfrG

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Mr Clegg said he hoped his attire wasn't too "80s cabin attendant" after the Mail did an article on what promoted female MPs were wearing.

The Mail websiteis well known for commenting on what celebrities and public figures are wearing.

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