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European elections 2014: Lib Dems call for resignation of leader Nick Clegg

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

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Senior figures in the Liberal Democrat party have said that leader Nick Clegg should resign after a poor performance in the European elections.

In Wales, the Liberal Democrats took just 3.95% of the vote, behind Labour, UKIP, Conservative, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. The party lost 11 of its 12 MEPs in Britain this year, leading Lib Dem MP John Pugh to say that Clegg should be replaced by Vince Cable.

"…if I'm honest with you the easiest thing in politics, as well as sometimes in life, when the going gets really, really tough is just to walk away, to wash your hands of it,” Mr Clegg told the BBC.

"But I'm not going to do that and my party's not going to do that.”

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Mr Pugh said, however, that the Lib Dems were underestimating the difficulties the part was in, and that there was an “overwhelming” need for the leader’s future to be discussed.

"The vast majority of the UK this morning is without Lib Dem representation at any level. If that does not prompt a serious, sharp review focussed view both of strategy and leadership, then whatever will!

"Orders just to press on regardless are genuinely of Somme-like insanity."

The 2014 election results were the worst the party has seen at European level for 25 years.

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