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    Clegg 'proud' of Coalition's first 100 days


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    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he is "really proud" of the Government's achievements during its first 100 days in office - as he insisted the Coalition was "committed to the long term".

    In a speech on social mobility to mark the milestone, Mr Clegg hailed progress on the economy, civil liberties, political reform and changing the shape of public services.

    He said the Government was "about much more than cuts" as he set out his vision for a fairer society.

    The comments came as a poll suggested Britain's first coalition government in more than half a century was still enjoying a honeymoon 100 days in.

    Some 46 per cent of respondents to an ICM survey for the Guardian said the Tory-Liberal Democrat alliance was doing a "good job" of running the country, against 36 per cent who said it was doing a "bad job" - though this 10-point margin is down from a 23-point gap in June.

    There was also cautious praise from business leaders, though union bosses spoke out against what they said were ideological cuts that risked tipping the UK back into recession.