Nick Clegg intends to remain as Liberal Democrat leader until at least 2020 - whether or not the party is in power - his office said today as speculation about the Deputy Prime Minister's future overshadowed his spring conference speech.
The Deputy Prime Minister was forced to respond to speculation about his future following reports that senior MPs were positioning themselves as possible successors.
"Nick Clegg intends to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats today, tomorrow, into the 2015 election and through the whole of the next parliament," a spokesman said.
"He intends to be leader of the Liberal Democrats whether or not we are in government."
Nick Clegg is hoping that there are votes to pick up in being the clearest voice on the pro-Europe side of the debate.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has jumped on the selfie bandwagon with one of his own at his party's spring conference.