Conceding defeat to Tory backbenchers on Lords reform this afternoon, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg immediately announced his intention to exact revenge — by spiking boundary changes which would benefit the Conservatives in 2015.
So why did he tell mislead the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, by telling them that the two were not linked? Tory Eleanor Laing
“It is now being reported that the Liberal Democrat party … will not continue to support the boundaries legislation unless House of Lords reform is passed in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Is that the case?”
“There is no formal link between the two.”
Pressed again by Laing to clarify, Clegg denied another two times:
“Of course, there is no reliance on our support for a Coalition Agreement commitment for progress on unrelated or other significant parallel constitutional formations. I have said that. There is no link; of course, there is no link.”
Someone should get a fire extinguisher for his pants.