Clegg: Govt split over benefits

The Deputy Prime Minister has used the of removing benefits for better-off OAPs as one of the differences between his party and David Cameron's Conservatives. But Nick Clegg said he will stick to the Coalition Agreement until the 2015 election.

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Clegg: 'Britain should be governed from the centre'

In a speech at the Commonwealth Club this morning, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said Britain should be governed from the centre ground.

He said: "What I want to set out is a case for why Britain should be governed from the centre ground. A case for both a stronger economy and a fairer society, because we can have both – they are not mutually exclusive.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: ITV News Pool

"Serious parties know that that the centre ground is the only place from which Britain can be governed...

"But in times of economic distress, when people and parties are under pressure, when there are no easy answers, no silver bullets, only tough choices – at times like these, politics quickly becomes polarised as the homing instincts of ideologues to the right and the left kick in."

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