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Leader of Parliament adopts untruths and fancy footwork (5)


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'leader of parliament adopts' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'untruths and fancy footwork' is the wordplay.
'untruths' becomes 'lies' (lie is a kind of untruth).
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (I've seen this in other clues).
'fancy footwork' becomes 'p' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'lies' after 'p' is 'PLIES'.

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(Other definitions for plies that I've seen before include "Works steadily (at trade)" , "Works steadily -- ballet steps" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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