Clegg sets out six 'red lines' he won't back down from

Nick Clegg has set out his final conditions for any coalition involving the Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dem leader will insist on:

  • Extra NHS funding of £8b a year
  • An increase in education spending
  • Public sector pay rise in line with inflation
  • Raising the personal allowance you can earn before tax to £12,500
  • An emergency 'stability budget'
  • Green line on protecting the environment

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Clegg: No need to change tuition fee limit again

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told reporters that he believes there is "no need" for the £9,000 limit on university fee's to be changed again.

Nick Clegg has been on the campaign trail today Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Speaking while on his campaign bus today Clegg said: "I see no need to change the limit again. Labour, perhaps by their own admission, have concocted this new approach - as a politician I understand it - to exacerbate the Liberal Democrat embarrassment.

"They want to catch headlines, they want to score points, but nobody remotely serious - Vince Cable's been very articulate on this - thinks that the Labour policy does anything in real terms other than provide a more generous repayment schedule for the wealthiest graduates."

Clegg raises glass to royal baby on campaign trail

Nick Clegg raised a glass to the royal baby while out on the last few days of his campaign trail.

The deputy prime minister made the toast while visiting the Hush Heath Winery in Kent.

He said: "I think before we should sip we should raise a glass to the royal baby with some proper English sparkling. To the royal baby."


Cheers as Clegg addresses a 'passionate' rally

With just four days to go until the election, Nick Clegg has been speaking at a "passionate" rally in Bermondsey, south London.

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Clegg fails to clarify position on Tory EU 'red line'

Nick Clegg refused to clarify what his position would be if the Tories demand an in/out EU referendum in 2017 as part of a future coalition.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "The Conservatives constantly flip-flop on's about as cast-iron as what he said about the Lisbon Treaty", he added.

Nick Clegg refused to clarify what his response would be if the issue of an EU referendum became a coalition deal sticking point. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

When Marr asked if he would agree to David Cameron having his referendum on Europe in 2017 in any further coalition deal, Mr Clegg said: "Before I address anyone else's red lines, I would address mine".

"I personally think that for many many people...ensuring fair tax cuts for low and middle incomes, that we properly support the NHS, that we don't close their local nursery schools and colleges is much more important than some of the other red lines that other parties have chosen".


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