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Major players in the Northern Rock saga unlikely to stage reunion image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of September 2017 05:59:29 AM
....The presence of strong liquor during an argument about Brexit is unlikely to make for convivial debate, so it must be hoped that the annual Wine and Spirit Trade Association conference is a more sober affair than its name suggests. Tuesday’s booze-industry shindig features a Brexit discussion panel that includes the Wetherspoons chairman, Tim Martincorrect, among the staunchest of Leavers, and the trade law specialist Miriam González Durántezcorrect, half of perhaps Britain’s most Europhile couple with the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. ...
How far would you go to give your children a better chance in life? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 08:05:26 AM
....Writing in the Observer recently, the writer and academic Richard Reeves challenged well-off parents in the US to acknowledge their role in hoarding opportunity for their own children at the expense of those from poorer families. Reeves, who was born in England and was former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg’s director of strategy, suggests this hoarding of wealth and social capital means “the American class system is functioning more ruthlessly than the British one I escaped”. ...
Theresa May to promise price cap on energy bills in Tory manifesto image
....The Lib Dems have also tried to win over consumers by claiming the slump in sterling since the EU referendum is responsible for 5p of the recent increase in the cost per litre of petrol and diesel. Nick Clegg, the party’s Europe spokesman and former deputy prime minister, said the impact could add up to £2,200 a year for the average lorry, and said that would also add to delivery costs and prices in shops. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems pledge winter fuel cuts to protect pensions image
....A Labour Treasury spokesman said: "You can't trust the Liberal Democrats. Only in September their former leader Nick Clegg called for the triple lock to be dropped. ...
Immigration should rise and fall after Brexit, David Davis says image
....Mr Davis also said the UK would abide by its obligations when it comes to settling outstanding liabilities with the EU, but played down claims these could amount to £50bn. Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said the EU was "simply going to ask us to settle the tab before we leave", and Mr Starmer said the UK had to honour its debts "otherwise no country is going to want to deal with us" in future trade negotiations. ...
Settle Brexit bill quickly to boost chance of free trade deal, say pro-EU Tories image
....”. But former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg defended the idea of a financial settlement with the EU, saying, “If you run up a tab behind a bar, for years and years and years, and you haven’t paid when you want to leave, you settle up”. ...
Brexit weekly briefing: article 50 moves closer but EU dashes divorce deal hopes image
....To vote against the majority verdict of the largest democratic exercise in British history would risk putting parliament against people, provoking a deep constitutional crisis in our country and alienating people who already feel alienated. Others, including the former Lib Dem deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, felt it was just as much a reflection of how parliament had been “thoroughly cowed and intimidated” by pro-Brexit hardliners in and outside of government – including the ferocious Eurosceptic press. ...
Brexit EU trade deals 'should not cherry pick' different sectors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 02:02:51 AM
....Three pro-EU MPs argue this approach risks creating "losers" because almost all sectors are linked to the EU. Tory Anna Soubry, Labour's Chuka Umunna and Lib Dem Nick Clegg all want the UK to remain in the EU single market. ...
Hard Brexit would damage 'almost every sector' of UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 12:01:14 AM
....The release of the report comes at a time of growing mobilisation among MPs and political figures trying to stop the UK heading for a clean break with the EU single market and customs union, which is favoured by the most Eurosceptic cabinet ministers and leading Brexit campaigners such as Michael Gove. For the first time since the referendum, MPs from across the parties – Tory Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna of Labour and Nick Clegg from the Lib Dems – will appear together at an Open Britain event, pushing for continued membership of the single market. ...
Are you a JAM? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 10:48:16 AM
....For former Labour leader Ed Miliband, the "squeezed middle" was a concern. Ex-Lib Dem leader and Nick Clegg, while deputy prime minister, often referred to "alarm clock Britain" - the bleary-eyed grafters struggling to raise families, while getting out to work, with little money left over to pay for luxuries. ...
In Brexit Britain there will be no benefit caps for the multinationals | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... The carmaker itself acknowledges that its executive committee made its decision upon receiving the “support and assurances of the UK government”. And the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, warns that such deals could cost the taxpayer “colossal amounts of money”. ...
Liam Fox predicts free EU trade post-Brexit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:04:47 AM
....He also predicted the UK would be a standard-bearer for global free trade and that Brexit represented a "golden opportunity" to forge new links. Lib Dem EU spokesman Nick Clegg said Mr Fox was "delusional" about Brexit. ...

Brexit is not Jeremy Corbyn's cross to bear, but that of the Europhile elite
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.... After months of trying to scare voters, George Osborne threatening voters with scary numbers as part of his "punishment Budget" post-Brexit would hardly change their minds. This was the moment, Nick Clegg admitted last night, that he thought "things were going pear-shaped". ...

Jonathan Dimbleby: Sneering broadcasters rubbish Parliament 'at our peril'
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.... . Nick Clegg, the former Lib Dem leader and deputy Prime Minister, said of Jeremy Paxman in 2013: "He lives off politics and he spends all his time sneering at politics. ...

Michael Gove leaked Queen’s private EU remarks to the press, Nick Clegg claims 
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. Michael Gove leaked the Queen’s private comments on the European Union to the press to boost the Brexit campaign, Nick Clegg has claimed. ...

Jeremy Corbyn's 10 pledges may just guarantee Labour's destruction
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 10:47:38 AM
.... Everything gets a little trickier when a party forms a government, and the more pledges you make, the harder it is to fulfil them. Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats felt the force of the betrayed voter when they entered into coalition with the Conservatives. ...

Condiments are getting politicians in a pickle
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 01:17:05 PM
....Quick! Hide the ketchup! Miriam Gonzalez is reported to be in the neighbourhood. It seems that Mrs Nick Clegg – as I certainly mustn’t call her – is very particular about condiments. ...

Who is Michel
Barnier: The Frenchman in charge of the EU's Brexit negotiations
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....com/uL3EVYLxyp. Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister and now Liberal Democrat Europe spokesman,  said the appointment “will set alarm bells ringing in the City of London”. ...

EU appoints former French minister who blames Britain for losing his job to lead Brexit negotiations
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.... . Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, said he is "no friend of the City of London" and that "alarm bells will be ringing. ...

Nick Clegg granted former prime minister's expenses allowance worth up to £115,000 a year 
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. Nick Clegg has been granted an expenses allowance worth up to £115,000 a year that was previously only awarded to former prime ministers, it has emerged. ...

Poverty-stricken workers paid just 30p an hour to make Jeremy Corbyn campaign T-shirts
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....". In 2014, T-shirts worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman which celebrated feminism were reported to have been produced by poverty-stricken migrant workers paid just 62p an hour. ...
Student loans ‘really were’ mis-sold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of June 2016 06:01:02 AM
.... I was a supporter of the student loan system, as I figured it was not like a real debt, being written off after 30 years and only payable on a sliding scale of earnings. In this respect, I was out of line with most of the rest of my family and friends, who all seemed obsessed with the idea that Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems had done a U-turn on this. ...
BIS confirms Sheffield office will close with jobs moving to London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 01:34:10 PM
....”. Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister and the Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said that relocating jobs from Sheffield to London was “absolute madness”. ...
Ed Miliband: Panama Papers show that wealth doesn’t trickle down. It gets stashed image
.... For me, personally, the hardest part was the period straight after the election and just trying to chart a new path. “And look, the other thing is – I think this is important, I think David Cameron would say this and Nick Clegg – political life is incredibly punishing on family. ...
Paternity leave one year on: ‘I imagined my time to be more freewheeling than it turned out’ image
.... It seemed bizarre to us that the system didn’t account for dads wanting to take care of their kids, and didn’t fit with the way Kat and I saw parenting at all. I was therefore thrilled when Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems delivered SPL under the coalition government. ...
Being self-employed means freedom. Freedom to be abused and underpaid | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... No wonder David Cameron talks of his “huge respect” for those striking out on their own. No wonder Nick Clegg boasted before the last election that “if you want a glimpse of the sort of worker that will thrive in the new economy, you need look no further than the growing numbers of self-employed people”. ...
'Substantial support' needed for steel image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 02:20:51 AM
....Tata Steel has said there was "no fixed timeline" for the sale process but stressed urgency is needed to avoid "a long period of uncertainty" for employees and customers. Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for the government to assist with Tata's pension liabilities. ...
Gender pay gap reporting for big firms to start in 2018 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 09:46:29 AM
....The former acting Labour leader Harriet Harman initiated the push for government powers to force companies to reveal their gender pay gap in the Equalities Act of 2010 but the coalition failed to enact the provisions in that law, favouring a voluntary approach. After only five companies voluntarily published the gender pay gap – Tesco, Friends Life, PwC, AstraZeneca and Genesis Housing – the Liberal Democrats argued for the introduction of mandatory reporting, with former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg securing an amendment in March that would force ministers to make regulations on the subject within the next 12 months. ...
A high-powered network: how Google became embedded in British politics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 07:00:10 AM
....May 2013 Schmidt attends Cameron’s business advisory forum at Downing Street. He is tackled by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, also present, who says Google will continue to come under huge pressure to “pay their fair share of tax”. ...
Ex-Asda boss admits stealing charity funds to give to boyfriend's ballet firm image
....The former Asda executive was also a government adviser on food policy, alcohol and obesity and an ambassador for Prince Charles’s Business in the Community charity. Kelly attended promotional events for the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014 with the then deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. ...
Britain will thrive after it throws off the shackles of the EU image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of January 2016 08:18:13 PM
.... As a recent CEBR study found, we are on course to become the world’s fourth largest economy. So don’t listen to politicians like Nick Clegg and Peter Mandelson who will talk Britain down and say that the world will end unless we vote to remain in the EU. ...
You better watch out, you better not cry, Christmas jumpers are on the decline image
. Was it when Arsenal star Mesut Özil posed in a snowman number complete with a sticking out carrot nose? Or was it when Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing was pictured in a sweater bearing the legend “Your grotto or mine?” More likely it was when Nick Clegg was spotted in his royal blue knit adorned with puddings, presents and holly. ...
Twitter reacts to the Autumn Statement: a few things you may have missed  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of November 2015 02:49:03 PM
.... . Tom Watson looks sad in the way that Nick Clegg used to look sad. ...
Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: George Osborne scraps tax credit cuts and ends age of austerity image
.... . "Nick Clegg spent five years sitting miserably on the Government front bench with the Prime Minister and the Chancellor," he says. ...
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Why women won't earn a penny for the rest of this year image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 9th of November 2015 08:21:02 AM
.... . Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband wore the "feminist" t-shirts last year  Photo: ELLE. ...
Former spy chiefs to meet financiers at Gleneagles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of November 2015 05:09:28 PM
....Last week, the government published the draft investigatory powers bill, which writes into law existing surveillance activities and proposes sweeping new powers for the security and intelligence agencies. In recent days, the draft legislation has caused alarm among leading lawyers and prominent MPs including David Davis and former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. ...
Forget the galactic senate – try the CBI annual conference image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of November 2015 09:00:04 AM
....C-3PO’s beeping buddy was part of a skit with Pinewood Studios chief executive Ivan Dunleavy. Other guests in 2014 included David Cameron as well as Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg (remember them?). ...
Maker of chocolate David Camerons hits £1m in sales image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 28th of September 2015 02:07:25 PM
.... Picture: Andrew Montgomery. For the general election earlier this year, the company created the Political Collection, a limited-edition pack of three chocolate bars bearing the faces of Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron. ...
Nick Clegg warns EU exit would break up UK and destroy influence abroad image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 21st of September 2015 11:05:34 AM
. Nick Clegg will warn of that the UK’s influence as a global financial centre will be hugely diminished if the country votes to leave the EU in a referendum due before the end of 2017 – not just by severing it from Europe, but because Scotland would likely leave in the UK in the aftermath. ...
The 10 things to watch in business on Monday September 21 image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 21st of September 2015 08:16:12 AM
....4. Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, will warn on Monday that the UK risks being broken up if Britons vote to leave the European Union in the referendum due before the end of 2017. ...
British citizens without passports being turned away by landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of August 2015 12:20:01 PM
....The Liberal Democrats blocked a decision by the home secretary, Theresa May, to roll out the landlord checks across the country last year and in the coalition restricted the proposal to a trial scheme in a single area – the West Midlands. Nick Clegg said the party was concerned that it would increase homelessness and drive migrants underground into the hands of unscrupulous landlords. ...
Google quietly releases new Google Glass image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 30th of July 2015 08:53:00 PM
.... . Nick Clegg tried out Google Glass last year . ...
Labour leadership candidates attack 'ideologically driven' union crackdown image
....The changes to the current system of contracting out of paying the political levy are likely to be equally controversial, since there had been an unwritten understanding at Westminster that no party would introduce partisan reforms to party funding without cross-party consensus. Repeated attempts, notably by the former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, to reach consensus on funding reform foundered when the Conservatives refused to accept a lower individual donation cap and Labour resisted major changes to the political levy. ...
Biggest crackdown on trade unions for 30 years launched by Conservatives image
....The changes to the current system of contracting out of paying the political levy are also likely to be equally controversial since there had been an unwritten understanding at Westminster that no party would introduce partisan reforms to party funding without cross party consensus. Repeated attempts, notably by the former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, to reach cross party consensus on funding reform foundered when the Conservatives refused to accept a new lower individual donation cap and Labour resisted major changes to the political levy. ...
David Cameron to force companies to disclose gender pay gaps image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of July 2015 11:01:11 PM
....It was acting Labour leader Harriet Harman who first included powers for the government to force companies to reveal their gender pay gap in the Equalities Act of 2010 but the coalition failed to enact the provisions in that law, favouring a voluntary approach. After only five companies published the gender pay gap of their own accord – Tesco, Friends Life, PwC, AstraZeneca and Genesis – the Liberal Democrats argued for the introduction of mandatory reporting, with former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg securing an amendment in March that would force ministers to make regulations on the subject within the next 12 months. ...
Labour to back child tax credit curbs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 12th of July 2015 04:32:07 PM
.... . In other Budget reaction on Sunday, outgoing Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said the overall direction of Chancellor George Osborne's package was "quite unfair" and he accused the Conservatives of "cosseting the old" at the expense of younger voters. ...
Airport report on expansion of Heathrow or Gatwick fails to settle debate after long delays image
.... The Prime Minister is said to be reluctant to break his pledge in 2010, when he said: “No ifs, no buts, there will be no Heathrow expansion. ” Although the Heathrow scheme has changed since, backing it would provoke claims of a U-turn and a broken promise that some allies fear could haunt him like Nick Clegg’s on university tuition fees. ...
What is the emergency Budget? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of May 2015 03:13:41 PM
.... . Previously policies were decided by the Quad - made up of Osborne, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister, and Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. ...
If BIS is to be scrapped, there must be better arguments than cost alone image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of May 2015 11:57:42 PM
.... If it is, ministers must be pressed to make an awfully strong case for its demise. The former Lib Dem party leader Nick Clegg Clegg can be an asset in rebuilding the Lib Dems. ...
EU will bend towards us in Brexit negotiations image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of May 2015 06:41:37 PM
....” Sir Martin Sorrell, head of WPP: “If the government rules out membership of the euro… it would be damaging for British-based business. ” The heads of Nissan, Toyota and Unilever also weighed in with dire warnings, and while it is mean to kick a man when he is down, this is what Nick Clegg said: “The euro, despite the foolish assumptions of many commentators… has provided great internal stability to the eurozone. ...
UK shares fall and pound volatile as voters go to the polls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of May 2015 10:16:10 AM
.... “Only a Labour government can prevent five more years of bedroom tax poverty,” it quoted the former prime minister saying. Nick Clegg, who faces a fight to hold on to his own Sheffield Hallam seat, urged voters to stick with the Lib Dems as the only party able to provide a “stable” influence in a Tory or Labour administration. ...
The Tory economic plan is NOT working, at all - sadly, their PR war is image
....Voters are smarter than the parties imagine. They know that David Cameron will only be able to slice 10% off the non-pensioner part of the welfare bill with deep cuts in support for children; that Ed Miliband won’t save much by depriving rich pensioners of their winter fuel allowance; and that Nick Clegg will struggle to find an additional £10bn from cracking down on tax avoidance. ...
How George Osborne toughed it out - and won image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of May 2015 06:05:21 AM
.... Bond markets did not turn against him. Osborne’s single greatest achievement is that when protesters yell “Cuts! Cuts! Cuts!” they carry placards of Osborne and Cameron and Nick Clegg, not of Germany’s Angela Merkel or the IMF’s Christine Lagarde. ...
Investment Insider: History tells us that the markets aren’t moved by changes in government image
....During the Conservative/Lib Dem years, the FTSE has returned almost 10 per cent. Put another way, £1,000 invested in the UK’s top 100 companies while David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been in charge would be worth £1,610 after five years. ...
What's it like to earn more than double your husband's salary? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 1st of May 2015 06:05:28 AM
.... . Nick Clegg and Miriam González Durántez, who is the main breadwinner in their family (REX) . ...
The red line the City wants Nick Clegg to draw is on an EU referendum image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of April 2015 12:03:26 AM
. Awaiting Nick Clegg’s speech at the National Liberal Club, Lord Ashdown pointed at the portrait of another living former leader, Lord Steel, who had posed in full dress uniform. ...
General Election 2015: Can Britain learn to love its richest citizens? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of April 2015 08:22:55 PM
.... But we are adults and know that policy will adapt to changing economic events here and abroad. What we do want is reasonable competence, something that Nick Clegg acknowledged yesterday with his call for a post-election stability budget. ...
Lib Dems will have to accept Tory welfare cuts for deficit reduction deal – study image
....If the Tories were not prepared to compromise on their long-term plans, the Liberal Democrats would have to swallow a further £15bn spending cuts in 2018-19, and a similar amount in 2019-2020. Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, said on Tuesday he regarded a balanced deficit reduction an essential part of any coalition deal. ...
Drop in UK's economic growth: what the experts say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of April 2015 09:52:29 AM
....Cook points out that these preliminary readings of GDP are often revised as more data is analysed; but not until after the general election …. Dr Howard Archer, of IHS Global Insight, says the figures are unwelcome news for David Cameron and Nick Clegg:. ...
Bank fines to 'fund apprenticeships' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of April 2015 07:33:19 AM
....Labour said the number of young people starting apprenticeships had fallen. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, meanwhile, has identified a plan for economic recovery as a "red line" issue in any coalition talks. ...
General Election Housing: Which party has the best policy for you? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 27th of April 2015 04:49:00 PM
....”Liberal Democrats• Build 300,000 new homes a year • Create 10 new garden cities • Introduce Rent to Own scheme where rent payments would go towards building up a tenant stake in the home. • Ban landlords from letting out poorly insulated homes Leader Nick Clegg has said: “We have set an ambitious target of building 300,000 more homes a year by the end of the next parliament – because the way to make sure homes are affordable is to build the homes we need now, and also deal with the historic failure to keep up with demand. ...
Miliband plans 'to curb rip-off rent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of April 2015 02:56:39 PM
....The Liberal Democrats are promising young people still living with their parents a loan to help pay for a deposit on a rented home of their own. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Labour's proposals sounded "superficially attractive" but would result in "huge hikes" in rent every three years. ...
HSBC considers moving HQ out of UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of April 2015 08:33:41 AM
....Politicians were quick to react to the news. When asked about his view on HSBC's potential move, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told the BBC: "They can make their own mind up… but I hope they will stay in the UK. ...
What the party manifestos mean for you image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of April 2015 06:00:10 AM
'Quick fix' Labour plans a cause for concern, experts warn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 13th of April 2015 06:21:56 PM
.... . It came as George Osborne, the Chancellor, warned that Labour's plans, which could see them borrowing around £30bn in 2019-20 to finance investment spending, suggested that they would "run a deficit forever", while Nick Clegg said Labour's track record showed the party was addicted to borrowing. ...
What difference does Labour’s 'budget responsibility lock' make? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of April 2015 12:10:42 PM
.... It’s not going to be the deciding factor, but it will make a difference at the margin. For Nick Clegg, the fact that he went around the country in the runup to the 2010 election holding up placards with a pledge not to increase tuition fees made it far more damaging when he subsequently reneged on the promise. ...
Ed Balls: Labour will eliminate budget deficit by 2020 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of April 2015 08:57:33 AM
....”. Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said: “Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are intent on playing Russian roulette with Britain’s economy … The fact is, Labour want a return to reckless and excessive borrowing. ...
Nick Clegg unveils mansion tax bands - starting at £2,000 a year image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 12th of April 2015 07:21:59 PM
.... . Unveiling details of the proposed mansion tax bands for the first time on Sunday, Nick Clegg confirmed the Lib Dems had scaled back the policy and it would now raise only £1 billion – far less than the £1. ...
Labour pledges huge fines on tax avoiders to raise £7.5bn a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of April 2015 07:01:41 PM
....The manifesto will seek to bolster Labour’s damaged economic credibility by focusing heavily on a strategy to “protect the nation’s finances” and will aim to highlight its message that working people should not have to pay more to compensate for tax abuses by the rich. Related: Nick Clegg interview: ‘I’ve taken hit after hit after hit. ...
Shared parental leave: ‘nightmare’ new rules, or the first baby steps to equality? image
....The right to six weeks’ leave at 90% of full earnings remains exclusively for birth mothers and primary adopters, so it’s unlikely many mums will be handing their newborn to dad and dashing back to their desk after a fortnight. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is confident the new legislation will “sweep away those Edwardian rules which hold back families working hard to juggle their responsibilities at home and work”. ...

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