Clegg: I will lead Lib Dems no matter what happens in 2015

Kate McCann
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LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg will stay on as head of the party no matter what happens in the 2015 general election, his spokesperson has confirmed.

A suggestion that the Deputy Prime Minister would step down if he failed to keep the Lib Dems in government was quashed yesterday, after Clegg gave a speech to his party’s spring conference in York.

“Nick Clegg intends to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats today, tomorrow, into the 2015 election and through the whole of the next parliament. He intends to be leader of the Liberal Democrats whether or not we’re in government,” the spokesman said.

The news comes amid rumours that Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, is being lined up to take over from Clegg if his party does badly in 2015.

Clegg gave a lively keynote speech at the spring conference yesterday. Listing all the things he loves about Britain – including cups of tea and the shipping forecast ­­– the Deputy PM set out his case to remain part of the EU.

“The EU is a global economic superpower. By standing shoulder to shoulder with our European partners we have the clout to defend not just our own interests, but the interests of our continent as a whole,” he said.