Hughes wants concessions

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NICK Clegg’s deputy Simon Hughes today indicated the Lib Dems will demand concessions on issues like NHS reform and immigration in retaliation for the Conservative conduct of the campaign against electoral reform.

Mr Hughes said the coalition Government would survive the bruising experience of the Alternative Vote referendum, but that in future it was likely to stick to those policies which were included in last year’s Coalition Agreement. Anything outside the agreement would become policy only if agreed by Lib Dems, he said.

He said the No camp had conducted a “fundamentally fallacious campaign” which would affect the way the coalition partners behaved in Government. “The effect on the coalition is it will reduce trust in the Tory party,” he said.