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Clegg defends PM's holiday return

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended David Cameron's decision to resume his holiday despite further developments in the battle for Tripoli.

The Prime Minister broke off his holiday in Cornwall to chair a meeting of the National Security Council as rebels advanced on Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the Libyan capital.

Mr Clegg has chaired a meeting of the body after Mr Cameron resumed his summer break, but he insisted the Prime Minister was in "constant contact" with other world leaders and the Libyan National Transitional Council.

Mr Clegg said: "We as a Government work collectively very effectively. I regularly chair meetings of the National Security Council and have done so again today.

"He is in constant contact with other world leaders and indeed with leaders of the National Transitional Council in Libya and that is exactly the way we will continue to operate."

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