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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.


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. 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."

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 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 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'. 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.

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.

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.

Clegg: Britain will remain 'anchored in heart of EU'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain will remain "anchored in the heart of European Union" under the coalition Government as he rejected claims yesterday's reshuffle created a Eurosceptic Cabinet.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "The Conservatives are talking to each other rather than to the country or even to the rest of Europe about Europe.

"What I want to see is a reformed European Union - more competitive, more open, less bureaucratic, more open trade - but with Britain always leading in Europe.

"If the Conservatives want to constantly change their own policy or stance on the way they talk about Europe, that is up to them.

"This Government, a coalition Government because of the Liberal Democrats in it, will remain anchored in the centre ground with Britain anchored firmly in the heart of the European Union."

Increased checks 'part of evolving review of defences'

Increased security at UK airports is not just a "blip for a week", but part of an evolving review of the UK's terror defences, the Deputy Prime Minister says.

Security is being increased in British airports after the US warned of a new bomb which could evade existing checks and scanners.

Security has been increased in UK airports in light of the latest threat. Credit: PA Wire

The heightened checks were not expected to cause significant disruption to passengers, the Department for Transport said.

"I don't want people to think this is a blip for a week; this is part of an evolving and constant review about whether the checks we have in airports keeps up with what we know from intelligence about the nature of the threats we face," Nick Clegg said on LBC.

"People should not be unduly panicked or concerned but this is the world we now live in. This won't be the last time that further adjustments are made because we are having to constantly evolve our own defences in view of the evolving way people want to attack us."

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