Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg`s secret debate dossier exposed
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 20:47
London: Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's secret strategy to imitate Tory Leader David Cameron at the next TV election debate has been exposed after an aide left the plan in a taxi.

An embarrassing dossier compiled by chief party strategists which stresses that Clegg must act more like the Tory leader was found in a cab just hours after the first debate last Thursday.

Entitled 'I'm Not Here Right Now', it gives a run down of how Clegg faired during the last debate in comparison to his rivals and advice for the next debate.

It tells Clegg to steer clear of the nuclear deterrent argument and reads: "DC (David Cameron) talks a lot in the language of values. We need to do this."

On the question of the Lib Dem policy to axe Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent, it spells out in block capitals: "Avoid unilateral disarmament implication".

And the paper accuses Clegg of being "offensive" by comparing assisted suicide to putting down a pet.

It contains harsh criticisms of his performance in rehearsals, calls him "offensive", and state he speaks too quickly, uses too much jargon and is too hesitant.

The plan asks him to distance himself from (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown - who is characterised as "weird" and "old politics" and launch a class war attack on the Tory leader.

According to the Sun, tabloid, the dossier was written by John Sharkey, chairman of the Lib Dem election campaign team and Clegg's strategist and communications adviser, and left in the back of a taxi following a journety from Parliament to North west London.

In a press briefing today, Clegg tried to laugh off the mistake.

"I'm glad to see my top team preparing for government by developing a habit of leaving secret dossiers in the back of cabs.

"Look, I've always been advised just to be myself in the TV debates and that's exactly what I was and what I will continue to be."

Clegg is also told in the dossier to "constantly stand back" from his Labour and Tory rivals.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 20:47

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