A BULLISH Nick Clegg promised the people of Solihull ‘real change for a fairer Britain,’ when he took time out to visit the borough on Friday.
Dropping in on the town’s Citizens Advice Bureau, he attacked bank charges, utility bills ‘that made it more cost effective for the rich to burn fuel than the poor,’ and high credit card charges.
And he also dismissed both the Conservatives and Labour for failing to address what he called ‘the real issues’ facing people in modern Britain.
“It’s day three of the General Election, and already millions of people are left completely in the dark, thanks to an incomprehensible spat between the Conservatives and Labour over National Insurance,” he said.
“They do not want to address the real issues that are facing people and their families.”
He was also quick to sing the praises of local MP Lorely Burt, describing her as ‘outstanding.’
“Everywhere I go I can feel the affection for her – what the people of Solihull want is an authentic people’s champion, and that’s exactly what they’ve got in Lorely Burt.”
And he dismissed any suggestion that a Liberal Democrat vote was a wasted one for people wanting to get rid of the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
“Of course people want to see the back of Gordon Brown – but do they really want David Cameron who only wants to give tax breaks to millionaires, and who has been busy covering up for his sugar daddy?
“What we believe in is real change.”
His views were echoed by Mrs Burt who said people were fed up with the cosy political club of the past.
“With the expenses scandal we have seen the greatest disillusionment in politicians and politics,” she said.
“People are fed up with Punch and Judy politics, it’s like a cosy club, well, we’re not in the club, we’re in touch with the people and we want change and so do they.”
She also dismissed news that bookmakers had installed her Conservative rival Maggie Throup as favourite to take the Solihull seat.
“I’m not bothered,” she said, “the bookmakers always are underestimate the strength of our support, and besides, they didn’t give me a hope last time.”