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Nick Clegg in talks over moving 2015 Holyrood election

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has held talks with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond over changing the date of the 2015 Holyrood elections.

He said the government wanted to avoid a clash with the general election on the same day in May 2015.

He also offered to talk to party leaders in Wales about that year's assembly elections.

But he rejected calls to move next year's AV referendum which also clashes with Welsh and Scottish polls.

Mr Clegg, who is in Scotland for the Pope's visit, said: "Whilst I think it easy enough for people to take a decision on a yes/no referendum question at the time of the Holyrood elections next May, I think it's quite a different matter to ask people to vote for two different Parliaments and create two different governments."

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