Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave

Alex Hern reports on Nick Clegg's comments after his speech at Demos. He has revealed that there is nothing which will make him leave the coalition.

 

Nick Clegg gave a speech at Demos today in which he outlined the terms of his opposition within government, and laid out his vision for how the Liberal Democrats can continue to distinguish themselves from the Conservatives.

The deputy prime minister’s speech (pdf) was widely trailed, and so the most notable revelation came in the Q&A session at the end. Dodging a question from Rowenna Davis on Europe, Nick Clegg claimed that there was nothing the Conservatives can do to make the Liberal Democrats leave the coalition.

This answers our question of December 9th, when we asked “What are Clegg’s yellow lines?”

At the time, we wrote:

Throughout this Eurozone crisis, we’ve heard a lot about David Cameron’s ‘red lines‘ on Europe – the measures he absolutely will not agree to, no matter what the result.

But what we have heard little of are the ‘yellow lines’; those areas which the junior partner in the coalition will not compromise on.

After examining the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto, we concluded:

It appears that the only lines Lib Dems won’t cross are the ones which Tories don’t want them to.

Just ten days ago, this seemed like a controversial conclusion. But now we have heard it straight from the Clegg’s mouth: He is in the coalition come what may.

See also:

What are Clegg’s yellow lines?Alex Hern, December 9th 2011

Lib Dems: We are delivering on our End Child Detention pledgeTom Brake MP, November 18th 2011

Hammond hammers another nail in the coffin of the “greenest government ever”Alex Hern, September 30th 2011

Clegg’s defence of Human Rights Act as welcome as it is timelyDr Prateek Buch, August 26th 2011

Clegg’s £10k tax allowance is no Tory concession; it’s a Tory dreamTim Horton and Howard Reed, May 12th 2010

18 Responses to “Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave”

  1. Dan Howard

    Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave: http://t.co/kxhyMIvg by @alexhern

  2. Luke Massey

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  3. Martin Johnston

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  4. Political Planet

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  5. Jim Moore

    He gets a very good pension plan by staying

  6. Cochis

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave http://t.co/TFhdGpWW

  7. Anonymous

    I agree Jim. It only confirms my view that he and his bedfellows have no real interest in doing what is right by people but to maintain power irrespective of the cost to him or his party. Another 24 carat hypocrite like his boss.

  8. IronKnee

    Nothing?? – can Cameron rise to the challenge?

  9. Anonymous

    I believe there may be a difference between “leaving the coalition” and “letting the Conservatives do whatever they want”. In fact, leaving the coalition and calling an early election (within the conditions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011) may well allow the Conservatives to do what they want should they be returned with a majority of seats. Staying in the Coalition at least gives Lib Dem MPs quite a lot more influence and opportunities to enact Liberal policies than their 10% of seats might otherwise justify (as Nadine Dorries MP has noted in the past).

  10. Steve Trow

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  11. Paul Barker

    You seem to be forgetting that there was aperiod of Negotiation followed by an Agreement. Most of the Yellow & Blue Lines are already in that. Cameron wont push The Libdems into having to leave because he knows theres no guarantee what would happen next; PMs cant just call Elections any more.
    When The Coalition was formed there was aneed to convince The Media & The Markets that it would stick. Most Voters still dont beleive it but at least The Markets have relaxed a bit, allowing the differences to me more openly discussed.
    Each Party has a good idea of what the other will & wont stand, if you bet on The Coalition falling you will lose money.

  12. Mr. Sensible

    Well we’ll see…

  13. Anonymous

    I do not blame him, he would have done and said the same if it was labour only labour would have by now gone back to the country saying we cannot work with him.

    I think Clegg is doing a great job making the Tories look good, which is not hard after New labour and brown, carry on mate.

  14. Jane Watkinson

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave http://t.co/tqVYNNQQ <confirmation tories have carte blanche.

  15. Pink Politika

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave http://t.co/tqVYNNQQ <confirmation tories have carte blanche.

  16. Richard B

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave http://t.co/tqVYNNQQ <confirmation tories have carte blanche.

  17. Kevin Richards

    Have you no principles or shame Nick Clegg RT @leftfootfwd: Nick Clegg: Nothing the Conservatives do can make me leave http://t.co/JXq538Qd

  18. Arnold

    i would like to sat i like the li b dejm

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