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Kiran Stacey

The tension between Nick Clegg and his one time rival for the party leadership Chris Huhne is well known, and stems not least from Huhne’s description of his current boss as “Calamity Clegg”.

But still, when Clegg addressed hacks in the press gallery this afternoon, you might have expected him to come out fighting for his energy secretary, who is facing allegations that he passed points on his driving license to his wife. Not so. Instead he used the opportunity to make a cruel, but quite funny joke at Huhne’s expense:

Whatever people say or think about Chris Huhne I don’t know any politician who is better at getting his points across.

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