Clegg calls for eventual separation of church and state

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has come out in support of separating church and state in the long term, following comments from the Prime Minister that Britain is a 'Christian country'.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain has "an important Christian identity", but supported separate church and state Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Clegg said: "Having the state and the church basically bound up with each other, as we do in this country, I think in the long run it would actually be better... if the church and state were over time to stand on their own two separate feet."

"But that's not going to happen overnight for sure."

He added: "I'm not a practising man of faith, but I don't find it an issue to say we have an important Christian identity in terms of our heritage and so on."

 Source: itv