Is the man who got the Lib Dems into government about to be cut loose

After the internal civil war of this year's Liberal Democrats Conference in Brighton, sources have told tbg that Nick Clegg has been given a year to sort his party out.

Alarm bells have been ringing since two polls put the party in fourth place over the weekend behind UKIP and the party was thrashed out of sight in the Rotherham By Election.

One Lib Dem veteran told a national paper this morning - "Let's put it this way, if we're still behind UKIP come next year's conference it will be curtain's for Nick."