Lib Dems deny 'leadership plot'

The Liberal Democrats have denied claims from senior Conservatives that Nick Clegg opposed Tory childcare reforms in an attempt to fight off a campaign to oust him as party leader and install Vince Cable.

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Lib Dems defend Clegg's stance on childcare reforms

A senior Lib Dem source has said Nick Clegg "will not allow dogma to be put ahead of the interests of Britain's children" after Michael Gove claimed the Deputy Prime Minister was opposing Tory childcare reforms to help protect his position as party leader:

We appreciate that Michael has ambitions of his own and is keen to distract attention from his party's divisions on Europe. But he knows our concerns are based on the overwhelmingly negative response from experts and parents to the government's consultation.

Those are concerns a number of Conservatives have expressed in private.

Nick Clegg will not allow dogma to be put ahead of the interests of Britain's children, especially when there's no evidence whatsoever that it would reduce the sky high costs of childcare.

– Senior Lib Dem source

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