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Clegg wants 'ridiculous' PMQs axed

The regular Prime Minister's Questions session is a farce and should be scrapped altogether, Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader admitted that he found sitting alongside David Cameron during the Commons clashes "awkward".

Interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, Mr Clegg said: "How much (more) awkward can you get?

"To have to sit to listen to your two main rivals tear strips off each other and you're not allowed to say anything.

"Of course it's awkward, it's ridiculous. The whole thing is ridiculous, the whole thing should be scrapped.

"It's an absolute farce, Prime Minister's Questions."

Asked whether he would be sitting next to Mr Cameron at PMQs right up until Parliament dissolves for the general election, Mr Clegg said: "I sometimes will, I sometimes won't.

"Do I think that use of my time, sitting there biting my tongue as I listen to them say increasingly daft and shrill things to each other, do I think it's a great use of my time?

"No. Do I wish I didn't have to do it? Probably, quite a lot of the time."

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