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Harriet Harman: Clegg apology 'not good enough'

Labour Deputy Party Leader Harriet Harman accused Nick Clegg of "crying crocodile tears", after the Deputy Prime Minister issued an apology over pledging to scrap tuition fees.

Labour Deputy Party Leader Harriet Harman accuses Nick Clegg of 'crocodile tears'. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ms Harman said in a short statement: "This was not just the small print of his manifesto, this was Nick Clegg's key election promise when he asked people to vote for his party. It is not good enough for him to just brush that promise aside.

"Instead of crying crocodile tears he should vote with Labour to bring these tuition fees down. If Nick Clegg does not back his words with action he is just weak and spineless."

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Liberal Youth 'welcomes' Clegg's tuition fees apology

The youth and student wing of the Liberal Democrat party, Liberal Youth has issued a statement welcoming the Deputy Prime Minister's apology over tuition fees.

Tom Wood, chair of the group said on their website that he had "never been more proud of Nick Clegg".

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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."

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