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'Clegg has taken a massive gamble'

The Lib Dem leader, who once thought cuts could only begin in 2011, has now told his party conference that the longer the government waits to cut the deficit the more difficult it gets.

Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the effect of the timing of the spending cuts on the Liberal Democrats future.

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