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It is simply unacceptable that, as revealed in our report, poorer children are generally taught by less experienced teachers and that their life chances are shaped by the postcode in which they live. In the end, this report confirms something that everybody intuitively knows already: the best education relies on good quality teachers and supportive parents.feedback
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Jul 14 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Nick Clegg is associated, including Liberal Democrats and Alex Salmond. Most recently, Nick Clegg has been quoted saying: “[They are also] the owners and editors of the rightwing press, whose visceral loathing of the EU has shaped their respective papers' tone and coverage for decades; the Tory backbenchers, many of whom still inhabit a preposterous past in which Britannia still rules the waves and diplomacy is best conducted from the royal yacht; a handful of multi-millionaire businessmen who have, in some cases over 30 years or more, bankrolled whichever party, or politician, stands on the most aggressive EU-bashing platform.” in the article Nick Clegg says threat of wealthy Brexit elite and populism damages UK.
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Jun 07 2017 - Terrorism

Many people will see it for what it is, which is a rather crass last minute attempt to divert attention from the much more difficult questions around our anti-terrorism policy.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

Brexit was always as much a symptom as it was a cause.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

There never was 48 percent of the country champing at the bit to rise as a revolutionary mass against Brexit; no one should have expected that. Weariness among voters about voting at all, let alone having to revisit the acrimony of the referendum last year.feedback

May 22 2017 - Labour Party

I really think tuition fees are wrong. Jeremy Corbyn wants to talk about lots of free stuff paid for by other people.feedback

May 18 2017

The Liberal Democrats pushed for the introduction of free infant school lunches in 2014. This Conservative U-turn cynically targets the vulnerable. So much for compassionate Conservatism. So much for helping the “just about managing”.feedback

May 18 2017

Free infant lunches policy was saving millions of struggling families over £450. Breakfasts covers fewer children. Cheaper for govt. Cynical. I'm delighted to tell you that we are going to provide free school meals for all children in infant schools. From next September, we'll give every child in reception, year one and year two a healthy lunch every day, saving families more than £400 per year, per child.feedback

May 18 2017

For the Liberal Democrats this is a first step. My ambition is to provide free school meals for all primary schoolchildren: another reason we want to get into government next time round.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - British politics

By setting the date that parliament will dissolve, our prime minister is giving up the right to pick and choose the date of the next general election–that's a true first in British politics.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Labour Party

[Starmer] has got a fine legal brain but I think the way that the Labour party is handling the politics of this is nothing short of catastrophic. They could be true to their convictions which is they reject the kind of Brexit we are heading towards. Time is our friend, and time is their enemy. It was one of the most short-sighted self-harming things for the left to decimate the centre-left party in the coalition. Because for them why you wield power is secondary to the act of wielding power. No, God no.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - British politics

What lurks behind Brexit is an ideological coup, in many ways a domestic one. Brexit is a means by which a low-state, low-protection, low-welfare, libertarian approach to governance is seeking to take over the commanding heights of British politics. You can see it – look at the commentariat in large parts of the Brexit press, look at Tea Party thinktanks in America that are the intellectual inspiration for Brexiteers, look at what they said about Brussels being the fount of all problems because of regulation. I just went and asked him a dweeby, legal question. Can't you do that?feedback

Apr 03 2017 - British politics

Political parties are not sects. No one can beat the Conservatives on their own so it's not that complicated – we're condemned to work together. I would welcome and embrace more thinking and writing and talking and speaking amongst liberal Conservatives, one-nation Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, centre-ground Labour folk who want to mount a proper ideological response to that. If it becomes obvious next election that the overwhelming task is to destroy the Conservative government – that is umbilically linked to hard Brexit.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Israel

What possesses you to talk about Hitler and your views about Zionism… given the genocide, given the sensitivities of the issue?feedback

Mar 28 2017

My fear is that – not immediately, but over time – we just lose that edge, we just lose that ingenuity which has always put us at the cutting edge of the creative industries. It's the cumulative effect of thousands and thousands of small impediments.feedback

Mar 18 2017

Times have moved on. Expanding selection isn't part of the answer to tackling social mobility.feedback

Mar 18 2017

In a time when resources are so limited and many other educational reforms are still in their infancy or yet to be proven – from University Technical Colleges and new T-levels to the expansion of free childcare and hundreds of new free schools – now is not the time for more division or political ideology in education.feedback

Mar 11 2017

In what normal world does a government impose a fatwa in all circumstances on adjusting taxes in anticipation of economic events which you cannot anticipate. That would be the honest thing to say. What he has ended up with, at great cost to him, is a saving that is minuscule in public expenditure terms. He chose the location. I'm not going to talk about. It was just a private meeting.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Labour Party

This is a breach that is entirely of their own making. I didn't win. I was completely between a rock and a hard place on this [tuition fees]. The Labour party had introduced the damn things on their watch. It was the Conservative party that wanted to whack them up. The honest thing to do for Phil Hammond – and knowing him it is what I suspect he would like to do – is to dump on his predecessors and say Osborne and Cameron were wrong.feedback

Mar 11 2017

But the Conservatives have created this storm entirely themselves, partly because of this ludicrous gimmick from George Osborne and David Cameron that ruled out the freedom to adjust taxes. So that left Philip Hammond no option but to scrabble around in the undergrowth.feedback

Mar 11 2017

In what normal world does a government impose a fatwa in all circumstances on adjusting taxes in anticipation of economic events which you cannot anticipate? That would be the honest thing to say. What he has ended up with, at great cost to him, is a saving that is minuscule in public expenditure terms.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Labour Party

This is a breach that is entirely of their own making. I didn't win. I was completely between a rock and a hard place on [tuition fees]. The Labour party had introduced the damn things on their watch. It was the Conservative party that wanted to whack them up. The honest thing to do for Phil Hammond – and knowing him it is what I suspect he would like to do – is to dump on his predecessors and say Osborne and Cameron were wrong.feedback

Mar 11 2017

But the Conservatives have created this storm entirely themselves, partly because of this ludicrous gimmick from George Osborne and David Cameron that ruled out the freedom to adjust taxes, so that left Philip Hammond no option but to scrabble around in the undergrowth.feedback

Mar 11 2017

He chose the location. I'm not going to talk about. It was just a private meeting.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I would urge MPs of all parties, including Brexiters who campaigned to leave on the basis of parliamentary sovereignty, to stop parliament being neutered.feedback

Jan 03 2017

If the reports are true that he has been hounded out by hostile Brexiteers in government, it counts as a spectacular own goal.feedback

Jun 02 2015

Charles' untimely death robs Britain of one of the most gifted politicians of his generation.feedback

May 08 2015

I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election both for the country and for the party that I lead, and for my position in the Liberal Democrats, when I make remarks to my colleagues later this morning, when I return to Westminster.feedback

May 08 2015

It is now painfully clear that this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats. The election has profound implications for the country. It also obviously has profound implications for Liberal Democrats.feedback

Apr 15 2015

Do you want Nigel Farage walking through the door of Number 10? Do you want Alex Salmond sat at the cabinet table? Or do you want the Liberal Democrats? The Liberal Democrats will add a heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour government.feedback

Feb 27 2014

A loss-making bank that is basically on a life-support system because of the generosity of British taxpayers shouldn't be dishing out ever larger amounts of money in pay and bonuses.feedback

Jun 13 2013 - Democratic Party

Let me be clear: the Liberal Democrats must be a party where even a hint of sexism is taken seriously; where every allegation of harassment is dealt with properly; and where there can be no fear that power or position can be abused.feedback

Dec 14 2012

We are losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale. We've been waging this war for almost 40 years, and I don't think by any stretch of the imagination it has worked.feedback

Dec 14 2012

If you are anti-drugs, you should be pro-reform. That is my view.feedback

Oct 25 2011

Eurosceptics need to be quite careful about what they wish for. Because if they succeed in pushing this country – and they won't succeed as long as I'm in government – to push this country towards the 'Exit' sign, let's be clear, the people who will be damaged is British families, British businesses, British jobs, British communities and I will not let that happen.feedback

Aug 16 2011

It won't be a public inquiry, it won't be established under the Inquiries Act, but it will serve as a way in which victims and communities can have their voice heard.feedback

Jul 14 2011 - Fox

I think, of course, there are big question marks about how News Corporation is being run. Why is it that people higher up the food chain have not taken accountability for what is emerging as an industrial-scale scandal in the way in which its newspapers were being run.feedback

Jul 11 2011 - Fox

Rupert Murdoch is now in town, in London, seeking to sort things out, and I would simply say to him, Look how people feel about this, look at how the country has reacted with revulsion to the revelations. So, do the decent and sensible thing and reconsider. Think again about your bid for BSkyB.feedback

Jul 01 2011

I think it is a real shame that there are strikes today because there are talks actually ongoing between the government and trade unions.feedback

May 06 2011

In politics, as in life, you sometimes get these big ups and downs and we have taken a real knock last night and we will need to learn the lessons from what we heard on the doorstep.feedback

May 05 2011

Well obviously I hope on an important day like this that lots of people will take the opportunity to get stuck in and join in the referendum on our voting system to make our politics a bit better and a bit fairer.feedback

Mar 19 2011 - Bahrain

I think it would be wrong to try and draw neat comparisons between the situation in Bahrain – the tensions between the Sunni and the Shia communities there – and the decades of brutal abuse of the human rights and freedoms of people in Libya by an authoritarian regime under Colonel Gaddafi.feedback

Mar 18 2011 - Libya

The UN was very clear, the international community was very clear. It wants to see an end, an absolute end to these needless, senseless and brutal attacks on the Libyan people. And until the international community is satisfied that that is happening, the UN resolution will still be unfulfilled.feedback

Mar 18 2011 - Libya

It's very difficult to be honest to tell exactly what is happening on the ground. There is some evidence right now he is continuing to brutalise some citizens in the west of Libya even though he is declaring a ceasefire in the east so we need, sort of, to see it to believe it.feedback

Mar 18 2011 - Libya

We are not, let's be absolutely clear, we are not going to a war. This is no Iraq, there's going to be no invasion of Libya. The UN resolution very clearly rules out, absolutely rules out any ground invasion (of Libya). But clearly if Gaddafi's own ground troops are menacing and attacking and brutalising innocent Libyan citizens then we would take military action from the air in order to seek to stop them doing that. That is squarely within the terms of the resolution.feedback

Mar 18 2011 - Libya

Well not really, in a sense it's fairly obvious. The UN resolution speaks for itself. It mandates the international community to take action, all necessary measures to protect those Libyan citizens who are being attacked and brutalised by the Gaddafi regime.feedback

Mar 13 2011

David Cameron hasn't kidnapped me.feedback

Sep 08 2010

What I expect, and hope he will believe, is that it is now for the police to investigate whether these new charges and allegations have anything to them.feedback

May 30 2010

When these questions have been addressed, I very much hope that there will be an opportunity for him to rejoin government.feedback

May 17 2010

This is a very new thing we are doing. We are breaking the rules of the old politics, we are doing something new, nothing like this has happened on this scale for many, many years in Britain. So of course people have anxieties, that's right when you try and do something bold and new.feedback

May 12 2010

How on earth does it help anyone in Bristol, or anyone else in the country for that matter, David Cameron, to join together in the European Union with a bunch of nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists, homophobes? That doesn't help Britain. Of course we need to change the European Union, but you change clubs of which you are a member by getting stuck in, not standing on the sidelines and complaining about things.feedback

May 08 2010

Firstly, fair tax reform; secondly, a new approach in education to provide the fair start that all children deserve in school; thirdly, a new approach to the economy so we can build a new economy from the rubble of the old; and fourthly, fundamental political reform of our political system.feedback

May 07 2010

Britain voted for change yesterday but it also voted for a new politics, it did not vote for party political bickering, grandstanding and pointscoring our countries problems are too serious, they are too urgent for that, so we must all rise to this occasion, we must show leadership, we must sort things out as quickly as possible for the good of the country.feedback

May 07 2010

It seems, this morning, that it is the Conservative party that has more votes and more seats, though not an absolute majority, and that is why I think it is now for the Conservative party to prove that it is capable of seeking to govern in the national interest. At the same time, this election campaign has made it abundantly clear that our electoral system is broken. It simply doesn't reflect the hopes and aspirations of the British people.feedback

May 07 2010

It's obviously been a disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats. We simply haven't achieved what we hoped. I'm nevertheless proud of the way we conducted the campaign. I think we conducted a positive campaign, full of hope, full of optimism, which I think did engage a lot of people in the election campaign, even if they didn't then go on to vote for the Liberal Democrats.feedback

May 06 2010

We have to clear up the House of Lords so the House of Lords is accountable to you, not just to itself. We have to clean up party funding and we have to introduce a new approach to politics so every single one of your votes counts, so that politicians listen to you, not just themselves.feedback

Apr 25 2010

There are now indications that Labour might come third in terms of the number of people voting for the different parties. What I'm saying is that it seems to me just preposterous the idea that if a party comes third in terms of the number of votes, it's still somehow has the right to carry on squatting in Number 10 and continue to lay claim to having the prime minister.feedback

Apr 06 2010

The real choice is between the old politics of Labour and the Conservatives and something different, something new, and that's what we offer. We've got to do something new this time.feedback

Mar 15 2010

When all the speculation is said and done,I keep coming back to some simple truths: I am not the king-maker. The 45 million voters of Britain are the king-makers. You are the king-makers.feedback

Feb 04 2010

It's destroyed completely the trust between MPs and the public. And I think all MPs and especially new MPs in a new parliament and especially younger MPs from a new generation understand that the old ways simply can't carry on.feedback

Jan 11 2010

We are putting our cards on the table now. The heart of our manifesto will be short, direct and to the point. We have stripped away everything that is not essential because the country cannot afford it. We have isolated only two areas where we will make immediate, significant additional spending pledges: in education and in infrastructure.feedback

Jun 05 2009

The events of the last two days show that this government has completely forfeited its right to govern. Anyone watching these events would just be asking what has happened to the authority of the government, what has happened to the authority of the prime minister,'' said conservative leader David Cameron.feedback

Jun 05 2009

Whether Gordon Brown stays, whether Gordon Brown goes, whether someone replaces him. Its all irrelevant, because the Labour government has run out of road. It's finished.feedback

Jun 04 2009

There are big things at stake today. Democracy must carry on, it's important that we send good MPs to Brussels who can do good things for British families.feedback

Jun 01 2009 - British politics

It's good that the prime minister is now talking the talk of reform. The problem is that he's had 12 years to sort out British politics, so people simply don't believe that Gordon Brown is the man for change, and both David Cameron and Gordon Brown as leaders of the old established parties talk the talk of reform but they seem to wish to kick it into the long grass.feedback

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