Nick Clegg says politicians shouldn’t rule on smacking children

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Nick Clegg says politicians shouldn’t rule on smacking children
11th December 2014

The issue of whether or not parents should be banned from smacking their children has been brought back into the headlines today.

The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg says it would be wrong for politicians to rule on the issue.

The deputy Prime Minister was reacting to an interview, in which the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was asked whether she thought it was shameful that Britain was one of only a handful of European countries where it is legal for children to be hit.

Mr Clegg said; “I don’t think we can scientifically lay down in law the point at which physical contact between a parent and a child.. becomes unreasonable.”

The Deputy Prime minister admitted that he has lost him temper with his children, however he has never smacked them.

The Labour MP Ed Balls stepped into the debate saying "it is wrong to smack'.

Joining The Evening News was broadcaster and Head of News for Absolute Radio Andrew Bailey, to discuss this subject.

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