Nick Clegg on stage at conference
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Mixed reaction at Liberal Democrat Conference

It was his first conference speech as Deputy Prime Minister but not an easy task for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

There is still a lot of hostility here to the deal with the Conservatives and of course the big spending cuts.

And it is fair to say the response has been mixed - one backbencher described it as a "missed opportunity" to reassure his party about the effect of spending cuts on the poor.

Carole Walker reports.

  • 21 Sep 2010
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