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Colchester: Nick Clegg speaks to parents during town visit

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Hazelmere Infant School and Nannas Day Nursery in Colchester.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Hazelmere Infant School and Nannas Day Nursery in Colchester.

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The Deputy Prime Minister visited Colchester today to launch his party’s Euro election campaign.

The Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg took part in a campaign rally in Colchester Town Hall.

He then took part in a question and answer session with students at the Weston Homes Community Stadium before resuming deputy prime ministerial duties.

Mr Clegg has recently taken part in two television debates with Ukip leader Nigel Farage ahead of the European polls on May 22.

After his visit to the stadium Mr Clegg went to Hazelmere Infant School, in Hawthorn Avenue, Greenstead, to speak to staff and pupils about the free school meal policy which entitles all infant school-age children to a hot lunch from September.

He then visited the neighbouring Nanna’s Day Nursery and spoke to parents about widening the number of free hours of nursery provision offered to children.

Speaking to the EADT in the nursery playground, Mr Clegg said: “It has been absolutely wonderful coming to Colchester and to visit this nursery.

“To actually see in action and speak to mums who are benefiting from a policy I fought for and delivered is really thrilling.

“It is very helpful because you learn a lot more about these policies here in the playground than in an office.

“It is always a pleasure to be with Sir Bob [Russell, MP for Colchester], with 1,001 stories about every street corner and building.”

It is the deputy prime minister’s fifth visit to the town.

Steven Turnbull, head teacher at Hazelmere Infant School, said: “As a new headteacher taking over in September it is really great to be able to share what a great school we are with such an important figure in the country.”

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell said: “Mr Clegg clearly has a soft spot for the town and he always gets a wonderful reception from the general public.

“I think it is fantastic the deputy prime minister should find time in such a busy schedule to come here.”

3 comments

  • He and the LibDems were going to fight for the frozen pensioners who get no annual increases ever because of where they chose to live in retirement. Did you know that ? You cannot retire to a Commonwealth country that the government have chosen to discriminate against !

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    George Morley

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • UKIP for me Cloggy,I don't vote for liars.

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    Tony G

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Did he tell them that he helped the tories decide to charge University FEES ?, after promising NOT to ??

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    freedomf

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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