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Lib Dem defects after 'six months of Clegg U-turns'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 11/08/2010

Andrew Grice

"Nick Clegg has been dealt a blow by a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate's decision to defect to Labour in protest at his leader's acceptance of Conservative policies and abandonment of key elements of his party's programme.

"Andrew Lewin, at 23 the youngest Lib Dem candidate in England at the May election, urged the party's MPs to oppose controversial cuts in housing benefit in a Commons vote tomorrow. He claimed hardly any Lib Dem MPs support them, saying the party was being forced to swallow "a virtually unreformed Conservative agenda".

"Although several councillors have left the party in protest at the Coalition's policies, Mr Lewin is the first candidate to walk out."

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"Lib Dem defects after 'six months of Clegg U-turns'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2010. Consulté le 16/06/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/lib-dem-defects-after-six-months-of-clegg-u-turns-