'She's not doing it for the money' - Clegg explains why new Wales Office minister is unpaid
The first-ever Lib Dem Wales Office minister will provide a 'distinctive, Welsh Liberal Democrat voice' at the heart of government, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. And he's defended the decision not to pay Baroness Randerson, who was appointed in this week's reshuffle.
Mr Clegg also refused to say whether or not the Wales Office should drop its proposals for changing the way the Assembly is elected, despite his opposition to boundary changes planned for Westminster elections. 'These things will play themselves out,' he said.
'You're accusing me of a reverse Midas touch. Thanks very much' - Nick Clegg
by Adrian Masters
The Deputy Prime Minister has laughed off accusations that his visit harms rather than helps his party's by-election campaign in Cardiff South and Penarth. Nick Clegg has been in the Welsh capital today to lend his support to the Liberal Democrat candidate.
He's acknowledged that difficult decisions taken in government and simply being in government has cost his party votes. But I asked him if that unpopularity made it difficult for him to campaign effectively.
After all, his last visit in April failed to stop the Lib Dems losing control of Cardiff council. His encounter with the Cardiff City football mascot didn't help the Bluebirds either. This was his reply:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is due in Wales later.
The Lib Dem leader will campaign in the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, where a Westminster by-election is expected this autumn. He will talk about what the government is doing for business.
Mr Clegg wants to emphasis his party's role in the Westminster coalition following the Prime Minister's reshuffle. It included the appointment of Baroness Jenny Randerson as the first ever Liberal Democrat minister at the Wales Office.