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The House of Commons was verging on empty today. Perhaps three quarters of the benches were left unwarmed by Parliamentary “seats”. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, arrived and subjected himself to questions from the House, the first of which was from Paul Blomfield (Sheffield C).

Why is it, asked Blomfield, that the Liberal Democrats cannot grasp the odiousness of the Lobbying Bill? The question was somewhat to the point. When the Bill was first debated in the House, the reaction was poor. Clegg reminded the questioner why the Bill had been created in the first place: the problem of…

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