Tuesday, 25 May 2010


There is no agreement between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in the European Parliament. We fight on, at the same time delighting in the Tory europhobes’ anger and frustration at being denied the influence they had hoped to command.

There is no special relationship between the different political groups (ALDE and ECR) to which the MEPs belong, and we respect the EU separation of powers between the Council of Ministers and the Parliament whatever government is in office. We have different jobs to do.

All of which should help reassure those who fear that the coalition agreement risks diluting the Liberal Democrats’ separate identity.

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