Embattled Clegg squares up to party for conference fight

 

Nick Clegg was taking fire from party members and his own former colleagues today, as he prepared for the start of the Liberal Democrat conference.

The party leader was warned not to be a "grumpy passenger" by former chief secretary of the Treasury David Laws, as members tried to force a vote on NHS reform and give the leadership a bloody nose on cuts to legal aid.

In a sign of irritation at Mr Clegg’s select attempts to distance himself from the Conservatives by highlighting the restraint the Lib Dems put on their coalition parties, Mr Laws said the party had to act as more than a "brake" on government.

Embattled Clegg squares up to party for conference fight

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