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Clegg hospital visit overwhelmed by angry protesters

At an organised photo call in Carshalton Nick Clegg was expecting to be greeted by supporters outside St Helier Hospital, however the crowd was overwhelmed by protesters.

The Liberal Democrat leader's words were almost drowned out by shouting, some protesters said he had failed the NHS, others were protesting about a local waste and incinerator plants.

After addressing activists alongside Carshalton and Wallington candidate Tom Brake, Mr Clegg departed in his official car less than five minutes after arriving.

Among the Lib Dem placard-waving activists were signs branding the party "environmental vandals" and claiming that the Tories and Mr Clegg's party were "two sides of the same coin".

Lib Dems loan to get 'boomerang generation' to fly the nest

Nick Clegg with Vikki Slade, Prospective MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole as they visit a home in Broadstone, near Poole, to meet Tansy Earl, Emily Gilbert and Alex Hustler to discuss the party's help to rent policy. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Working young people who cannot afford to move out of their parents' home could receive a £2,000 government backed loan to help them move on under Liberal Democrat plans.

The plan would mean people in work aged between 18 and 30 could get a low-interest loan to fund the deposit needed to rent a property.

ITV News reporter Emily Morgan:

You've got this generation that is sometimes called 'the clipped wing generation', or 'the boomerang generation', of an increasingly large numbers of youngsters who simply can't find the money needed for a deposit to rent a flat or home of their own.

It also has a big knock-on effect on what happens to the property market as far as families are concerned. It means that couples whose children have grown up are not downsizing as readily as they might because they have to keep large properties to maintain space for their kids. It's simply unfair that thousands of hard-working young people still have to live in the same bedroom they lived in when children.

– Nick Clegg


Clegg: Personal attacks are 'because of panic'

Nick Clegg says the reason the Conservative and Labour parties are trading personal barbs is because they are "panicking."

In elections people say disobliging things.

...The reason you're seeing more nasty language is because both parties are panicking they're not going to win a majority.

What the country now faces is the prospect of David Cameron in Downing Street with Nigel Farage and at the mercy of the swivel-eyed brigade on the right of his party, or Ed Miliband at the mercy of Nicola Sturgeon and dancing to the tune of Alex Salmond.

That's why they are panicking and that's why they are resorting to ever more vituperative language against each other."

– Nick Clegg


Cameron will be 'in hock to Ukip without the Lib Dems'

Nick Clegg said David Cameron would be "in hock" to Ukip and the Conservative right wing if the Liberal Democrats did not form part of a post-election coalition.

Nick Clegg

Speaking at a press conference in London, the Deputy Prime Minister - dismissed as the head of a "minor party" by Cameron yesterday - said:

The remarkable thing I find about the Conservatives is that here's a party that's awash with money, has got unalloyed support from vast swathes of the British press, and they still are not going to win this election.

And do you know what that means? It means that David Cameron, whatever he says - whatever his bravura rhetoric might imply - is going to be in hock to Nigel Farage and the right wing of the Conservative Party.

I think that will send a shiver down the spines of lots of moderate voters - including lots of moderate Conservative voters - across the country.

He said it this morning: he wants to make a home for Nigel Farage in the Conservative Party.

Whatever you hear from the Conservative Party, remember they are not going to win the election and the Conservative Party leadership is basically going to dance to the tune of the right wing.

– Nick Clegg

Clegg: Tories will have to make cuts to meet tax pledges

Nick Clegg has said that the Conservative party have no way to meet their tax pledges on raising the personal allowance to £12,500 without doing "what Tories do best - cut."

Speaking in London the Liberal Democrat leader said George Osborne tax pledges will cost £7.2 billion. He said his party want to: "cut taxes for working people paid for by the wealthiest. The Conservatives want to cut taxes for the wealthiest paid for by the poorest."

The bill for George Osborne's tax plans is £7.2 billion.

To find that many they will have to do what Tories do best - cut. That means cuts of 6.6% to public services just to pay for their tax commitments.

To give you an idea of what that 6.6% means, it is the equivalent of cutting 10,000 police officers, 28,000 homecare workers, 25,000 military personal, and scrapping the 15 hours of free childcare for the most disadvantaged two-year-olds, that the Liberal Democrats have introduced in government.

– Nick Clegg

Clegg claims Tories 'try to pass off good ideas as their own'

Nick Clegg has mocked the Conservatives for trying to claim credit for the latest retirement and tax allowance measures.

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "Have you ever worked with someone who tries to pass off your good ideas as their own?

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg pictured today. Credit: ITV News/Emily Morgan

"That's what it very much feels like with the Conservatives, certainly when it comes to tax."

Clegg continued, "All of those changes, which all come into effect right now - today and this week - are changes that only happen because the Liberal Democrats went into government."

Nick Clegg launches 'promise kept' poster

At the launch of the Liberal Democrat poster Nick Clegg has said it highlighted a promise his party had delivered on.

Mr Clegg said: "If you remember the leaders' debates five years ago I said the Liberal Democrats wanted to give tax cuts to those on low and middle incomes, David Cameron said it wasn't possible. Yet as of next Monday people, over 24 million people on low and middle incomes will be £825 better off."

Asked about the leaders' debate last night Mr Clegg said he "enjoyed it."

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