I'm not going to quit, says Clegg

Banbury Cake: Nick Clegg insisted that the Lib Dems were "doing well" in some areas Nick Clegg insisted that the Lib Dems were "doing well" in some areas

Nick Clegg has insisted he will not consider resigning after a dismal showing in local elections, arguing that the Liberal Democrats are "still winning" in their strongholds.

The Deputy Prime Minister conceded that his party had suffered at the hands of a Ukip surge, blaming a "very strong anti-politics feeling" among the public.

But he added: "Actually I think in the areas where we have MPs where we have good organisation on the ground... we are actually doing well."

The Lib Dems are seemingly on track to lose more than 300 councillors, bringing them to their lowest overall numbers for three decades.

The Tories have taken charge of Kingston Council - the back yard of Energy Secretary Ed Davey - and they have lost control in Portsmouth following gains by Nigel Farage's party.

A rare glimmer of good news came in Eastleigh, where the Lib Dems have tightened their grip on the local authority after successfully defending the parliamentary seat in a by-election last year.

Mr Clegg told reporters it was "never easy" seeing "dedicated, hard-working" councillors kicked out.

But he said he would "absolutely not" resign, and insisted the Lib Dems were still succeeding where they focused on their achievements in coalition.

"Based on the results which have come in so far, it has obviously been a mixed result, a mixed night for my party, for the Liberal Democrats and the other mainstream parties," Mr Clegg said.

"We will see what the further results today, what story they tell. But so far what I have seen is that where we can work really hard to tell our side of the story, we can win."

He added: "I certainly accept that there is a very strong anti-politics mood around, not only in our country but in many other parts of Europe as well. I think you will see that in European elections in the days to come...

"There is a very strong mood of restlessness and dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and that is reflected in the results for all mainstream parties, including the Lib Dems."

He urged activists to highlight the policies the Lib Dems had brought to the Coalition, such as the pupil premium and raised income tax threshold.

"Where we do that, in those places where we are strong, we're still winning," he added.

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5:32pm Fri 23 May 14

welshmen says...

No Clegy, their are going to sack you....
No Clegy, their are going to sack you.... welshmen
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8:51pm Sat 24 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

An eminent psychiatrist was once asked what the clinical definition of insanity was. If I recall correctly, his reply was something akin to the example an individual who does the same misguided thing over and over again because irrespective of the fact that each time the end result will inevitably turn out disastrous s/he nevertheless is mired with an irrational mind-set that assumes that each time the result will be different and, by contrast, successful.
An eminent psychiatrist was once asked what the clinical definition of insanity was. If I recall correctly, his reply was something akin to the example an individual who does the same misguided thing over and over again because irrespective of the fact that each time the end result will inevitably turn out disastrous s/he nevertheless is mired with an irrational mind-set that assumes that each time the result will be different and, by contrast, successful. Katie Re-Registered
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