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Nick Clegg moves to quash Liberal Democrat leadership rumours

DAVID HUGHES

NICK Clegg intends to remain as Liberal Democrat leader until at least 2020 – whether or not the party is in power – his office has said as speculation about the deputy prime minister's future overshadowed his spring conference speech.

The deputy prime minister was forced to respond to speculation following reports that MPs were positioning themselves as possible successors.

"Nick Clegg intends to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats into the 2015 election and through the whole of the next parliament," a spokesman said.

"He intends to be leader of the Liberal Democrats whether or not we are in government."

The statement was an attempt to clear up confusionafter his office said Mr Clegg intended to serve a full term if the party was returned to power.

With the party in fourth place in opinion polls, that left open the possibility of Mr Clegg falling on his sword if the 2015 general election contest did not result in another coalition.

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