James Forsyth

Another calamity for Clegg

Another calamity for Clegg
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The last thing that Nick Clegg needed this morning was the claim in The Independent on Sunday that if all the votes had been counted Chris Huhne would have been elected leader. Clegg won the leadership by 511 votes but the paper claims that if the 1,300 postal votes which arrived after the voting deadline had passed had been counted then Huhne would have won

On Sunday AM, Clegg dismissed the story as having “no foundation or fact whatsoever.”  But by suggesting that he is not the legitimate leader it undermines his position at the end of a disastrous week for him. 

Clegg’s GQ interview is continuing to cause problems for him. On Sunday AM, Clegg came close to expressing regret for his remarks saying when asked abut why he would talk about his sex life but not drugs, “I probably should be consistent on both and, and be private on both.”

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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