The Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Sheffield Hallam was questioned by Sheffielders at a town hall meeting on Monday 21st February that Harry attended as a representative of the young people in the city.
The questions put to him, ranged from the increase in University tuition fees, to the big society, and cuts to hospital mental health budgets. Nick Clegg, during the proceedings, went on an attack of the Labour Party in Sheffield. He alleged them of scaremongering the local population about recent cuts to the local authority budget. Nick Clegg repeatedly insisted that budgetary constraints to save money were necessary for long term benefit, not short term gain.
Nick Clegg was right to face up to the people of Sheffield and offer real explanations for the very difficult and extremely unpopular decisions he has made in Whitehall.
Harry commented “It is wholly inappropriate for the government to make decisions, without giving due consideration to the sustained negative effect they have on the ground, in citizen’s day to day lives. It must now be Nick Clegg’s priority to ensure that social improvement comes above the opportunity for power, that the recognition of the needs of communities is regarded as more important than unnecessarily weighted attacks on local services and that his duty as a constituency MP is not eclipsed by his position at the centre of government.”