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Updated: Nick Clegg and Caroline Spelman to lead Rio+20 UK team

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to lead the British delegation to the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this summer, in a move designed to ease fears the government could squander the opportunity to promote the UK's low carbon economy on the world stage.

Clegg yesterday told the Liberal Democrat spring conference that he would be attending the sustainable development conference in June, where he would argue for "green growth to create jobs".

The news is likely to be welcomed by green businesses and MPs, although frustration remains that Prime Minister David Cameron will not attend the global summit, despite a move by the Brazilian government to postpone the conference to avoid a diary clash with the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.

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