Mr Clegg appears to back the protesters as he said the new regulations had not got the balance right, and that the state should not invade the privacy of people’s bedrooms.
He told his monthly press conferences that he shared some of the concerns raised by his MPs: “It is not a prurient judgement of whether we approve or not of someone’s behaviour of the privacy of their bedroom. It is not the role of politicians to cast moral judgements on that.”
“It’s whether we think that in a free society, people should be free to do things that many people might find exotic at mildest or deeply unappetising at worst, but it’s their freedom to do so.
“That seems to me to be is a classic liberal assertion.”
He added: “Government is not there to stick its nose in the bedroom as long as people are not doing things which are illegal under the law.
“It’s not really for us to judge how people get their kicks, but it is our role to make sure the law is upheld, and that the law does not encroach on private spaces where the law has no role to intrude.”