Rare chance for public to question Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

First published in Top News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is opening himself up to a no-holds barred question and answer session to Oxford Mail readers.

Mr Clegg, pictured, is visiting the city two days before the May 22 council and European parliament elections and has agreed to meet voters and answer any questions put to him.

There will be no (reasonable) topic off limits and the invitation to the meeting is open to anyone of any political persuasion.

Mr Clegg encouraged Oxford Mail readers to sign up for the event, which will be held at a city centre location on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 20.

He said: “Ever since I have been leader of the Liberal Democrats I have held meetings where members of the public can come along and ask me a question directly.

“It is something I have continued as Deputy Prime Minister and believe as many people as possible should be given the chance to put their elected politicians on the spot.

“The event is two days before we go to the polls in the local and European elections and the Liberal Democrats aren’t scared to speak up.

“We are Britain’s party of ‘in’, standing up for staying in Europe loudly, passionately and unequivocally, because that is how we keep this nation stronger, safer and richer.

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“It’s great the Oxford Mail has agreed to host the event and I would encourage readers to register and come along to ask me a question.”

Audience members will have to apply for places by registering through the web address at the bottom of this story.

It is free to attend. Places will be limited and the closing date for applications will be 6pm on Sunday, May 18.

Audience members will be informed on Monday, May 19, of the location once they have been accepted. You will need to bring photo identification to get in.

Because of security arrangements, applicants will be vetted by the police.

However, that is the only check that will be made and the audience will not be selected along political lines. If you have a question for the Deputy Prime Minister, we want you to have the chance to ask it.

Oxford Mail editor Simon O’Neill said: “This is a rare chance for our readers to put the questions that matter to them directly to the Deputy Prime Minister and we are proud to be involved.

“This will not be some Liberal Democrat election rally. It is for real people to ask real questions and get real answers.

“Many people may not agree with Liberal Democrat policies, but it is still impressive Mr Clegg is prepared to open himself up to this type of forum. Our city is known for its intellectual debate and it will be intriguing to see how the meeting develops.”

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Comments (6)

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8:59am Mon 12 May 14

mytaxes says...

Will he be signing any pledges?
Will he be signing any pledges? mytaxes
  • Score: 3

9:57am Mon 12 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

How about

What do you intend to do after 2015 when you are annihilated in the general election, do you have company director positions already lined up ?

or

How do you sleep at night knowing that you have shafted so many people on so many levels from students to the sick since jumping into bed with Cameron ?
How about What do you intend to do after 2015 when you are annihilated in the general election, do you have company director positions already lined up ? or How do you sleep at night knowing that you have shafted so many people on so many levels from students to the sick since jumping into bed with Cameron ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 4

10:51am Mon 12 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Who?
Who? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 2

10:53pm Mon 12 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

LibDems are like all politicians - they'll do anything to get into power, even if this meant 'getting into bed' with the Tories, who are at totally opposite poles to your average LibDem voter. But surely our local politicians are different? Tell that to all those punters who voted for Independent Candidates in the last County Council elections, only to see the newly-elected 'independent' councillors walk the floor to join the Tories! Nor are Oxford City councillors much better, with several elected LibDem Councillors having defected to Labour - without having first consulted all those LibDem supporters who gave them their vote.
LibDems are like all politicians - they'll do anything to get into power, even if this meant 'getting into bed' with the Tories, who are at totally opposite poles to your average LibDem voter. But surely our local politicians are different? Tell that to all those punters who voted for Independent Candidates in the last County Council elections, only to see the newly-elected 'independent' councillors walk the floor to join the Tories! Nor are Oxford City councillors much better, with several elected LibDem Councillors having defected to Labour - without having first consulted all those LibDem supporters who gave them their vote. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 1

11:53pm Wed 14 May 14

fishstew says...

Nick.. why cant your lib-dem cronies accpet that you lost the 2010 election to the tories and get over it.. and stop sending us crap though our letterbox?
Nick.. why cant your lib-dem cronies accpet that you lost the 2010 election to the tories and get over it.. and stop sending us crap though our letterbox? fishstew
  • Score: 1

7:07am Sat 17 May 14

Christine Hovis says...

I'd like to ask whether the Liberal Democrats are bothering in this local election? The only posters for them I've seen are in the very leafy parts of North Oxford and they've clearly juggled their candidates to try and hang onto a few seats, with some seats being contested by 'ghost' candidates.
I'd like to ask whether the Liberal Democrats are bothering in this local election? The only posters for them I've seen are in the very leafy parts of North Oxford and they've clearly juggled their candidates to try and hang onto a few seats, with some seats being contested by 'ghost' candidates. Christine Hovis
  • Score: 0

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