Clegg determined to press ahead with Lords reform

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg signalled he was determined to press ahead ahead with House of Lords reform, despite George Osborne suggesting the Government would stall plans.

Writing in the Guardian Mr Clegg said his party's radicalism was needed "as much as ever" and called on the coalition to "get on" with the reforms rather than becoming "tied up in knots in Westminster" over the issue.

He added: "The first two years of the coalition were a rescue mission for the economy. The second half has to be about reform."