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Deputy PM to pay a visit to clay country

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

CORNWALL BOUND: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits the county today.

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DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is due to be in Cornwall today where he will visit Blisland to view plans for the £60 million scheme to dual a stretch of the A30 east of Bodmin.

Mr Clegg will also be calling at Brannel School where he will be hosting a public question and answer session.

The Liberal Democrat leader will be visiting a college in Penzance in the morning, will meet business leaders in Redruth over lunch before going on to Blisland Village Hall where an exhibition is being held detailing the project, before hosting a public question and answer debate in St Stephen in the evening.

Mr Clegg said: "It will be great to be back in the county. As I'll be travelling from Penzance to Bodmin, I'll get to see a good deal of Cornwall.

"Liberal Democrats are working hard in Cornwall to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

"I'll be meeting with students who are getting the skills and experience needed for a successful career. The £1bn Youth Contract I have championed in the coalition Government will give them and others who are struggling to find jobs, the chance to earn or learn.

"I'll also get a chance to see the investment the coalition Government is putting into Cornwall. Near Bodmin, we're dualling the A30 to tackle the notorious bottleneck, which will be a boost to local business and tourism and make getting around easier for Cornish people.

"I look forward to tackling these issues and many others in the evening in the public Q&A I am hosting near St Stephen."

Richard Schofield, head teacher at Brannel School, said:"Our students are particularly looking forward to meeting Nick Clegg on Friday and having the opportunity to ask him some questions."

Newquay and St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert said the school's theatre would be full with 190 people snapping up tickets quickly.

"I'm delighted he's coming to St Stephen. I think it's to Nick's credit that he's going to take questions from people in an open Q&A session and the fact that the almost 200 spaces were snapped up within a few hours of them being advertised shows that the local community is really keen to engage with him," he said.

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  • AtheistCat  |  January 12 2013, 12:50PM

    I attended this Q & A session and was thoroughly disappointed with the evening. Nick was there when we arrived and was being photographed by the press. We were all led into an auditorium and then kept waiting as Nick was late! In total I think Nick took about ten questions but his answers were vague and also included a lot of the usual avoidance tactics. The first question he took was from a severly disabled woman in a wheelchair. Her question was why she had to attend an assessment by ATOS (a medically unqualified panel paid by the goverment) to see if she qualified for her benefits when her condition is incurable. Nick replied by saying that there were too many people who were getting benefits who weren't entitled to them. Her husband/carer then explained to Nick that it would be like her being put infront of Nick for an assessment but still Nick wouldn't be drawn! A year 11 student from Brannel school asked about university fees and Nick told him that going to university now is still cheaper than it was than when Labour were in government.....I don't think so! The evening seemed more like a Party Political Broadcast rather than a Q &A session and when Nick used the term "we do what it says on the can", a reference to David Cameron's recent quote (taken from the Ronseal advert ),I realized he was right, as all he did was varnish over things!! You have lost my vote Nick!