Clegg under pressure to give Lib Dems clout
Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00
NICK Clegg's leadership of Britain's Liberal Democrats was under growing pressure last night as allies urged him to articulate the party message more frequently, clearly and aggressively.
The jittery atmosphere in his party was underlined by a bout of soul-searching prompted by internet rumours that its former leader, Charles Kennedy, was about to defect to Labour. He eventually denied the claim, but the episode has soured Deputy Prime Minister Clegg's spell "minding the shop" while Prime Minister David Cameron is on holiday.
It prompted speculation about further defections and private complaints that Mr Clegg was struggling to counter the impression that the coalition is Tory-dominated. Worries have been underlined by plunging opinion poll ratings. (© Independent News Service)