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Former Clegg advisor tells Lib Dems to 'sack him or back him' at conference

The Liberal Democrats should either back or sack their leader Nick Clegg at next week's party conference in Brighton, one of his former advisers has said.

Mr Reeves, who served as director of strategy, said the Deputy Prime Minister could not avoid the question about his future as the party's leader. But the 43-year-old warned the Lib Dems that if they decide to back the Deputy Prime Minister, they must stick with him.

Writing in the New Statesman, Mr Reeves, who has since left the UK to live in the United States with his family, said: "The mutterings have been growing louder for months, certainly since another bruising round of local election results in the spring.

"The question of Clegg's leadership has to be addressed. Indeed, given the party's current position, it would be irresponsible not to do so.

"It is some comfort that David Cameron is facing similar squalls in his own party: at least now the necessary pain of coalition is being shared.

"Cards on the table: I think the party must stick with Clegg, and that Clegg must stick with both liberalism and coalition. Once the party caravan packs up on 26 September and heads inland after conference, the muttering has to stop. If the party is not to sack Nick Clegg then it must back him."


Nick Clegg in 2010: 'We want to see tuition fees removed'

In 2010 Nick Clegg said his Liberal Democrat party was committed to removing tuition fees. He said at the time:

"We want to see tuition fees removed, I wish we could do it overnight, it used to be our plan to do it overnight now, we are going to have to do it over a six year period, because of course money is tight... it is fair, it is right, I don't think young people should be saddles with so much debt"

  1. Tom Bradby

Nick Clegg makes abject apology for broken pledge

This Clegg apology on tuition fees is certainly abject. I wonder what people will make of it. It should be said that Mr Clegg is not apologizing for the policy, just for making a policy he knew he might not be able to keep.

In other words, he is saying "Oh, I wish we'd left tuition fees as they were."

Echoes of Clegg mania in the address: straight to camera, apparently speaking from the heart, but the trouble is we have moved on a bit since then.

Nick Clegg: 'When we are wrong, we hold our hands up'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has apologised for breaking his party's election promises once in Government and has defended the decision to "leave the comfort of opposition" and forge a coalition government with the Conservative Party.

When we're wrong, we hold our hands up. But when we're right we hold our heads up too. We were right to leave the comfort of opposition to face the realities of Government and I know we are fighting for the right things.

Rebuilding our economy to make it strong, changing the tax system to make it fair, defending the vulnerable in these tough times. That's what my party believes in, that's what I believe in. And if we've lost your trust that's how I hope we can start to win it back"

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