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Clegg insists Cable 'was not aware' of Oakeshott poll

Nick Clegg has insisted Vince Cable was not involved in a failed attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader. During his regular Call Clegg show on LBC he said: "He was absolutely not aware of polls elsewhere."

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Sir Menzies Campbell backs Clegg leadership

Sir Menzies Campbell led the party before Nick Clegg. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has backed Nick Clegg to continue as leader.

He told ITV News his view was that "Nick Clegg is the person with resilience and courage" to lead the party through next year's election.

"The last thing our party needs is six weeks or even six months of looking internally," he added.

"The election is ten months away approximately - we have to get on with preparing for that election and Nick Clegg is the best man to help us do so."

Speaking earlier on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he dismissed a letter - signed by more than 200 people including ex-MP Sandra Gidley - calling for the leader to be removed.

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