On 12 May 2010, the leader of the Liberal Democrats (UK) Nick Clegg stood together with the leader of the Conservative party David Cameron in the Rose Garden of 10 Downing Street and outlined the joint programme for coalition, the first full coalition government in the United Kingdom since 1945.
Two and a half years later and the coalition have this week published a Mid Term Review with Liberal Democrat party analysis showing that “about 95%” of objectives and policies outlined in the Coalition Agreement are on course.
The Mid Term Review also shows the large extent of the influence the Liberal Democrats, a junior coalition partner, are exercising in government.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Clegg said: “We will govern and provide this country with good government until the election is held in May 2015”. Both he and Cameron said that their different views on Europe did not stop them working effectively together on foreign policy.
Amongst the Top 10 achievements of the Liberal Democrats in government include: reducing the national deficit by 25%, the scrapping of ID cards, the creation of 1 million jobs and 1 million apprenticeships, the delivery of a £600 tax cut for 24 million working people by raising the income tax threshold to £9,440, the cutting of crime by 10% and the creation of a Green Investment Bank to unlock billions of pounds of private investment in renewable energy and create thousands more green jobs.
The Mid Term Review is available to read in full at: midtermreview.cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Nick Clegg also made UK political history on Thursday (10th) as he became the first senior politician serving in government to launch a live weekly radio show in which he answers questions from callers. Entitled ‘Call Clegg’, the 30 minute show will take place every Thursday morning from 10.00 CET on London's LBC radio, which can be listened to worldwide via the Internet.