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LIB Dem leader Nick Clegg has said he’s not ignorant to the challenges facing his party.

LIB Dem leader Nick Clegg has said he’s not ignorant to the challenges facing his party.

The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking during a visit to Blythe Valley Business Park last Friday.

In an interview with the Solihull News, Mr Clegg admitted some of the Government’s decisions hadn’t been popular.

“Of course they’re not happy with everything we’ve done. We would be naive to pretend that could be the case.

“But the vast majority of people accept that this government is taking very difficult decisions not through any fault of its own. It’s what we have inherited from the previous government.”

It’s going to be a critical few weeks for the Lib Dems, who are fighting to keep control of the borough council.

Mr Clegg was asked whether national policy would cause the party to lose seats in the local elections.

He argued that it was important to “wipe the slate clean” and tackle the national debt sooner rather than later.

“We are spending £400m a day borrowing money, which is enough to build a primary school every 20 minutes. Per day because of Labour’s mistakes we are borrowing more than twice Solihull Council’s annual budget.”

During his visit to engineering firm Arup, the Sheffield Hallam MP also fielded questions from some of the firm’s workforce.

And he also outlined why he thought people should vote in favour of the alternate vote (AV).

“I certainly think people who are making the case against electoral reform are coming up with increasingly fictional and ludicrous claims. They are defending a clapped-out, out-of-date, old-fashioned system.”

* To see our video-report on Mr Clegg’s visit go to



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