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  1. The Liberal Democrat conference is taking place in Glasgow
  2. In his keynote speech, Business Secretary Vince Cable attacked proposed Conservative spending cuts after the election
  3. Answering questions from party members, party leader Nick Clegg said current drugs policy was "idiotic"

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By Pippa Simm

All times stated are UK

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Monday at conference

That concludes our text coverage of Monday's proceedings at the Lib Dem conference. You can watch all the speeches in full on

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Today at Conference at 23.25 on BBC Two.
Tuesday is set to be a busy day with the week's set piece economy debate and speeches from Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Care Support minister Norman Lamb and Party President Tim Farron. For the early birds, there is also a debate on the state of British football at 9.00 am. Please join us then.

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tweets: Should ministers have the power to build new homes? Here's why @DannyAlexander thinks they should.
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@davidpartridge6 tweets: @BBCPolitics @BBCNews All fascinating stuff but the choice for next May is Cameron or Miliband. You may not like either but that's the fact

Parliamentary round-up

We are now onto the final formal session of the day. Delegates are now debating a series of reports by the parliamentary parties of the Liberal Democrats.

School amendment rejected

Activists vote to reject a proposal to a ban state-funded schools from selecting children on grounds of faith. The rest of the amendment - which includes calls for an end to the current legal requirement for all state-funded schools to hold acts of collective worship and for non-religious schools to hold acts of worship of a broadly Christian character - is adopted.

Ashdown vs Neil

Lord Ashdown during an interview with Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics
The Lib Dems' general election co-ordinator, Lord Ashdown, making a point earlier while being interviewed by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics

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writes: Ditching Ed Miliband will only help if Labour learns the lessons of his tragedy.

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'Tacked on'

Women and Equalities spokesperson Baroness Northover says the movers of the faith schools amendment are right to highlight the issue - but she adds that such an important issue should be thoroughly examined and not "tacked" on to a wide-ranging equalities paper.

'Equal treatment'

Summing up the debate on amendment three, Julian Huppert argues that everyone should be treated equally, but insists that religious discrimination still exists within the education system. The Cambridge MP says the amendment is not about closing faith schools or restricting choice, but stopping state-funded schools from selecting children and teachers on the basis of faith.

Paul Waugh, Editor of


tweets: Labour seizes on Lib Dem MP David Ward's quote: "There is an awareness that to many people Nick [Clegg] is toxic."

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes
Justice minister Simon Hughes speaking about faith schools during a series of "interventions" on the equalities motion

Ross Hawkins, BBC


tweets: Just bumped into Clegg in the corridor - I can confirm the chinos/jeans/flannels have gone. Suit again. 2nd costume change of day.

George Osborne


tweets: Am at @Barrattplc Kings Rise development in Birmingham to see how @Helptobuy is helping build 127 new homes here, creating over 250 jobs

Paul Waugh, Editor of


tweets: Given Clegg trouser debate, time for @NigelpMorris gag: "Have u heard about these corduroy pillows? They're making head lines"

'Huge difficulty'

Stephen Lloyd MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes also add their voices to opposition to "amendment three" - which says a ban on selection by faith schools should be party policy. Mr Hughes argues that with eight months to go before the general election "to pull up our policy on something that will cause huge difficulty for all of us irrespective of our faith or belief is absolutely not the thing to do in the middle of an afternoon with a half-attended hall and almost no notice".

Martyn Oates, BBC


tweets: Vince Cable may be slamming the Tories in the hall but you can still buy a coalition cockatoo at the LD shop outside.
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Faith schools

Back in the main hall, Vince Cable makes his third appearance on the conference stage today - and apologises to activists for "hogging" the rostrum. He is defending the role of faith schools in society, as he appeals to activists to reject an amendment advocating the ending of admission on religious grounds. People should have the right to send their children to a faith school if they so choose, he argues.

Alexander on housing

Danny Alexander has said the government should consider commissioning housing if targets for building new homes are not met. Speaking at a fringe meeting in Glasgow, the Treasury minister suggested giving central government the power to build homes as a "backstop". "A truly radical approach would be for the government to also have a direct role in house building, not just affordable house building but in the private market also," he argued.

Ross Hawkins, BBC


tweets: Vince: Help to Buy drives up prices; Osborne: lives have been transformed by Help to Buy #coalicious

Mike Smithson, Polling analyst


tweets: Lord Ashcroft poll has 19% of 2010 LDs now saying LAB with 15% saying CON. That is seriously worrying for LAB. The gap has been much wider

Still to come

The current discussion on equality is scheduled to last until 17.15 BST. The day will conclude with a debate on party business, in which activists will discuss and vote on various reports of the parliamentary parties of the Liberal Democrats.

Alan Travis, Guardian home affairs editor and author


tweets: Nick Clegg says official report on international evidence on drug law reform "stuck in the bowels of the Home Office" but will be published

'Name blank' forms

Belinda Brooks-Gordon is proposing an equalities paper which calls for "name-blank" application forms for public sector jobs, and the right to request part-time sick leave so people with long-term illnesses do not have to give up their jobs. The paper also proposes to legalise humanist marriages in England and Wales.

Question time over

Nick Clegg answers questions from party members
Well, that brings the Q&A with Nick Clegg - always a popular feature of conference week - to a close. Delegates now turn their attention to the next item on the agenda, which is dedicated to equalities. The session is being led by Belinda Brooks-Gordon, chair of the Policy Working Group.

Probation services

Nick Clegg tells activists he is comfortable with having a mixture of public and private organisations delivering probation services for offenders. He says the partnerships can be "beneficial" in reducing reoffending rates.

Norman Smith, BBC


tweets: The war on drugs is not working - Nick Clegg #ldconf

James Forsyth, Spectator


tweets: Clegg v comfortable in this Q&A, party clearly more comfortable with him too: there are far fewer hostile questions than in previous years

Political reform

Nick Clegg continues his attack on his political opponents. He accuses the Tories and Labour of having "absolutely no interest at all in wholesale, coherent constitutional reform". He says the parties did not honour pledges on Lords reform or party political funding. Mr Clegg says Conservative plans for English votes for English matters is only being pursued for narrow political advantage.

Asa Bennett, The Huffington Post UK


Vince Cable warns Osborne's Help To Buy 'not helping' Brits own homes. The Liberal Democrat business secretary launched a vicious attack on the chancellor's Help to Buy scheme, which backs mortgages for properties worth up to £600,000.
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'Dragging feet'

Nick Clegg says the Conservatives are "dragging their feet" on drugs policy and accuses them of blocking a Royal Commission on drugs law reform. An official report on evidence from other countries is "stuck in the bowels of Whitehall", he claims, because his coalition partners "don't want to get the evidence out there".

Drugs policy

Nick Clegg endorses the view of Lib Dem Home Office Minister Norman Baker that tackling drugs is a health issue - and says it should be moved out of the Home Office and into the Department of Health. He says the war on drugs "is not working" and argues that people with addictions need to be helped, not imprisoned.

Welsh 'home rule'

A question on devolution now. Nick Clegg tells activists home rule will be delivered to Scotland "no ifs, no buts", and adds that "we should aspire to deliver home rule for Wales" too. He commits the party to finding a new funding formula for Wales, arguing that the Barnett formula does not "fairly serve" the country at present. Mr Clegg also advocates greater devolution in England, describing the country as "woefully over-centralised".

Matt Chorley, Political Editor, MailOnline


tweets: Miriam Clegg and Jo Swinson have just left #CleggQandA. Miriam has also got changed, into beige dress and orange shoes. #ldconf

Andy Bell, 5 News Political Editor


tweets: Vince Cable tells me "we're not gagging to be in government" - strategy looks a lot like they are though #libdem14 @5_News

Assisted dying

After a question on assisted dying, Nick Clegg says he understands the motivation behind campaigning for a change in the law but adds that he is not personally persuaded of the ability of the state to capture in legislation what is a "very delicate decision about the taking of someone's life". He says MPs and peers should be allowed a free vote on the subject, as it is a matter of "profound personal conscience".

Nick Clegg

Human rights

Nick Clegg attacks Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act and his threat to pull out of the ECHR as a "desperate attempt" to "curry favour with UKIP or at least scamper after UKIP". He accepts the need to reform the Strasbourg court - but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water, he counsels. Mr Clegg emphasises that human rights and civil liberties are "indivisible" which the Tories "don't seem to understand".

Journalistic freedoms

Nick Clegg is told he is about to be asked a question from Dr Evan Harris, a former Lib Dem MP, on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. "Oh god", he jokes - but it turns out he agrees with Mr Harris - a past critic of the leadership - about the dangers of the police being able to access journalists' phone records and other information without judicial authorisation.

Costume change

Nick Clegg
There's been a change of shirt from Nick Clegg, left this morning, before his Q&A

Green priorities

Nick Clegg is answering a series of questions on the environment. He declines to set out the Lib Dems' "red lines" in the event of a future coalition government - but says the party's 'green' priorities will be set out in its election manifesto. However, he makes the case for coastal paths to be extended and joined up around England.

The EU and climate change

In reply to a question on climate change, Nick Clegg insists that the UK cannot deal with climate change "unless we remain leading members" of the EU" - which meets with activists' applause. He surmises that the Conservative Party are "clearly now headed towards the exit" and says the Lib Dems must be "more forceful" in pointing out that leaving the EU would jeopardise jobs and securing a sustainable environment for future generations.