Nick Clegg pledges to repeal Digital Economy Act

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader

The Liberal Democrat Leader has promised to repeal the controversial Digital Economy Act should his party be involved in the next government.

Nick Clegg told members of an online forum for students that he would push for the regulations to be "revisited" after the election on 6 May. Many experts forecast a hung Parliament meaning that the Liberal Democrats would be involved.

The Digital Economy Act caused outrage among the technology and business community with many criticising ministers for giving in to pressure from large music corporations keen to prevent illegal downloading and introducing rules which could see innocent people losing their internet connections.

Many were also angry at the fact that businesses offering free wifi could fall victim should a customer use the service for illegal activity.

But answering a question posed on, Clegg said: "We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off.

"It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited."

The Liberal Democrat leader's comments come the day after the UK's first ever live televised prime ministerial debate. Most polls set after the 90-minute programme aired on Thursday evening showed Clegg as a clear winner.

A survey of those watching live coverage of the event on and found 59% believed Clegg performed the best. Conservative leader David Cameron was selected by 27% of respondents and 14% went for Labour's Gordon Brown. 

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Junkk Male's picture

Just one aspect of a major whole, but.. 'I'm listening'


'The Liberal Democrat Leader has promised to repeal the controversial Digital Economy Act should his party be involved in the next government.'


As I presume that, for this promise to be honoured, whomsoever he is involved with would need to agree.

If so, who is that?

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