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Clegg: Prime Minister's Questions is a 'complete farce'

Nick Clegg has launched an attack on Prime Minister's Questions, calling the weekly debate a "complete farce" that ordinary people find "totally off-putting".

Speaking on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch programme, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "It's just people... shouting at each other, it's a very concentrated, gladiator, sort of spectacle.

Nick Clegg said 'normal people' find PMQs 'totally off-putting'. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"There are some people who might like it, my own view is most normal people - and most normal people don't follow the ins and outs of politics - find the whole thing totally off-putting," he argued.

The Deputy Prime Minister also made broader criticisms of Parliament, which he said was "stuck in the past".

"Some of the pomp and ceremony is all right but some of it is just so out of date. This is a place which had a 19th-century shooting gallery but didn't have a creche until quite recently," he said.