Could Clegg replace Ashton in 2014?

It’s still “a bit” early, but that’s what this article from the Mirror argues. The article cites “Downing Street sources” as saying that the Prime Minister owes Clegg an enormous debt of gratitude for the recent vote on University tuition fees and that if it starts looking like his Sheffield Hallam seat is no longer safe, he’ll be sent there to replace Ashton. All of this fits in quite nicely, calendar-wise, because the next European Parliament Elections happen just before the next deadline for a UK general election. Assuming the present UK government lasts until 2014, then may be this is not such a far fetched scenario. It’s a stretch, but he would certainly have no difficulty getting approved by the European Parliament, where he probably still has a friend or two from his time as an MEP. We’ll see…

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