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11 April 2011

Scottish Lib Dem leader: Clegg makes me “grimace”

Tavish Scott attempts to distance himself from Nick Clegg ahead of the May elections.

By George Eaton

Since we published Nick Clegg’s interview with Jemima Khan last week, the Lib Dem leader has been relentlessly pilloried for his admission that he “cries regularly to music”. But Clegg probably didn’t expect his party’s Scottish leader to join the assault.

As Paul Waugh points out, in a radio phone-in with Clyde 2, Tavish Scott said: “Nick Clegg doesn’t make me cry, grimace occasionally but not cry.”

With less than a month to go until the Scottish parliamentary elections, Scott is understandably keen to put clear yellow water between himself and Clegg. The Glasgow party has already distanced itself from the Lib Dem leader by putting Charles Kennedy, rather than Clegg, on the front of its leaflets. Expect left-leaning Lib Dem MPs to be taking notes for the general election campaign.

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