SOME Lib Dem activists have accused their leader, Nick Clegg, of being too close to his Conservative counterpart David Cameron.
But, as it turns, out when the Deputy Prime Minister was a schoolboy it was the likes of David Livingstone that he looked-up to. During a visit to Peterbrook Primary last Friday, he revealed to a young audience that he had once harboured ambitions of being an explorer.
He had gone to the Solihull Lodge school to find out about the work made possible by the pupil premium - extra money provided to children from poorer backgrounds.
But the boys and girls were just as inquisitive, grilling the MP about family life, his favourite sports and his behaviour at school.
“I was quite naughty at primary school,” he revealed. “So don’t follow my example.
“I can’t remember what my school reports were like to be honest. I think there were some good reports, some not quite so good.”
Headmaster Steve McGaw invited the MP to see some of the projects that pupils had been working on, which included short films and stop-motion animation.
In an interview with the Solihull News afterwards, Mr Clegg said he was passionate about the pupil premium.
“It makes a huge, huge difference to the life opportunities of youngsters if they are given the best possible start in school,” he said. “Providing this support to people from low-income families can have a massive effect.”
During his visit, Mr Clegg also helped out at a cake sale, organised in aid of the Dog’s Trust, and spoke to the school’s newspaper.
Ten-year-old Chelsea Jones, who has ambitions of being an actress, was thrilled to have chance to quiz the Deputy Prime Minister.
“I was really nervous but I didn’t want to show that – I just wanted to be myself. And once he got talking, I got talking.”