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Lib Dem "awkward squad" pressure mounting on Nick Clegg

By HEGuyH  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

Adrian Sanders with Nick Clegg on a visit to the Herald Express offices

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PRESSURE was growing on Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after he failed to quell a grassroots revolt by Liberal Democrat activists on Monday night.

Torbay MP Adrian Sanders, branded as one of the Lib Dem "awkward squad" by Chris Huhne in the Guardian newspaper, has already raised questions about whether Mr Clegg is the right man to take the party forward after its disastrous performance in the European elections.

According to the Independent newspaper, activists have begun to call emergency meetings of local parties across the country in order to force a leadership election.

They require the backing of 75 parties to trigger a contest. Otherwise 56 MPs need to declare their support for a contest, and so far none has.

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Mr Clegg admitted his decision to go head-to-head with UKIP had backfired after his party lost 11 of its 12 MEPs and came a humiliating fifth behind the Greens.

John Pugh, MP for Southport, called the Euro results “abysmal” and “worrying”, adding: “To call for business as usual is ludicrous.” He said Mr Clegg should hand over to Vince Cable, the Business Secretary.

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  • cornwall999  |  May 27 2014, 4:45PM

    Hi Mikelister 66, While I take your point, lets not delude ourselves into thinking that Nick Clegg was open and transparent, he lost his credibility with broken promise along with the other two political party's. The majority of the British voters made their point very strongly which showed on the election results. Being a politician is not the easiest profession to be in ,however , it is paramount we have politicians of caliber and lead by example , adhere to being honorable which I see little evidence of. Shirley Sweeney

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  • mikelister66  |  May 27 2014, 3:52PM

    UKIP gained about 10% of the electoral vote and less than 50% of votes cast so it's wrong to say that people have voted to come out of Europe.

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  • cornwall999  |  May 27 2014, 12:58PM

    The Liberal democrats made a fatal mistake when they joined the coalition government and broke many promises such as tuition fees which had a devastating affect on our students. Nick Clegg if he has any integrity left should resign immediately along with some of his colleagues like Vince Cable who stitched up the public regarding the Royal Mail shares. The British people have voted to come out of Europe and hope the three Political Party's will take on board the views of the British People! Shirley Sweeeny.

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