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Liberal Democrat Yeovil MP David Laws supports party leader Nick Clegg

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

Liberal Democrat Yeovil MP David Laws supports party leader Nick Clegg

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Yeovil MP David Laws has offered his support to under-fire Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

After the party slumped under the weight of a UKIP "earthquake" at Thursday's European and local elections, the Liberal Democrat leader has come under increasing scrutiny from the media and some members of his party.

However, days after Lord Ashdown came out in support of Mr Clegg, Yeovil MP David Laws has also backed his leader and tipped the party to hit back.

Mr Laws said: “I am a very strong supporter of Nick Clegg and he has my backing and that of the overwhelming majority of Lib Dem MPs and party members.

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“Being in Coalition at a time of austerity was always going to be tough, but we are now beginning to see a solid economic recovery and we are sorting out the financial mess left by the last Government.

“I am also very proud of our success in raising the personal tax allowance, so that people can earn more before they pay income tax, and our work to invest more in schools and the early years.

“Nick is not a quitter and neither is our party, and we fully intend to complete this term of Coalition Government so that we can get our economy and our country back on the right track.”

Long-serving Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson was among the high-profile casualties in the European elections, after being ousted from his seat for the first time since 1994.

Mr Laws said: "I am incredibly sorry that Graham Watson has not been re-elected to the European Parliament. Graham has been a real champion for Somerset and for the UK in the European Parliament, and he will be sorely missed.

"I am very sad for Graham and his team but I know that he will bounce back and he still has an immense amount to contribute to public life.”

UKIP’s William Dartmouth and Julia Reid were elected to the European Parliament for the South West while Conservatives Ashley Fox and Julie Girling retained their seats.

Clare Moody retook a seat for the Labour Party, while Molly Scott Cato made history by becoming the first Green Party MEP in the South West.

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  • Morgeo  |  May 29 2014, 3:50PM

    Steve Webb, the Pensions Minister and Lib/Dem said that the freezing of the ex-pats pensions in certain countries, mainly those in the Commonwealth, was "discriminatory, irrational and he would change this policy" because all pensioners have paid into the system and should be treated fairly . When in the perfect place to do it he reneges on his promise and has even introduced clause 20 into the new Pensions Bill which will rob future pensioners of their increases should they retire to certain countries abroad. Where a person retires to is no business of the government and this shows that these Lib/Dems promises are as meaningless as David Cameron's promise to have a referendum over the EU ! Can any politicians be trusted ? This is why there is a problem and the public are fed up with the dishonesty shown by them after being elected.

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  • StanStill  |  May 29 2014, 10:10AM

    What a sad lot odf 'sandal wearing' tree huggers' are the Lib/Dems, they will never ever be the top party in the Uk, they wioll always be 5th behind even the Greens. Clegg is a EU Lover, and Laws is an expenses fiddler, who was let off lightly. The party of no integrity, with St Vince the worst of the lot, a behind the scenes manipulator.

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