Clegg 'prepared to play my part' in Lab/Lib coalition

Nick Clegg has not ruled out a coalition with Labour after the 2015 general election but refused to be drawn into a debate on Ed Miliband's leadership.

Speaking to the BBC, the Deputy Prime Minister explained:

If the British people say that the most legitimate outcome of the next general election would be a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition, of course I would be prepared to play my part in that.

– Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

However, he politely opted out of giving his thoughts on what Mr Miliband would be like as a Prime Minister:

I don't know, it hasn't happened yet. I don't think you should judge people until they've been able to prove themselves.

– Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

Mr Clegg denied that he was assuming he had the right to stay Deputy Prime Minister "forever and a day", but rejected suggestions that his removal as leader might be a price the Lib Dems would have to pay to go into coalition with Labour.

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