Hundreds of trade unionists and activists gathered outside the Town Hall yesterday, just as preparations were being made to host a council question and answer session with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Speaking after the demonstration, Paul Blomfield said, “[The protest] has been organised at very short notice and overall we’ve had about three or four hundred people here. It’s very positive.”
Although Mr Clegg did not arrive at the Town Hall until after the crowds had dispersed, Mr Blomfield remained hopeful he will respond to his invitation to face a public grilling, “So far he’s dodged every opportunity to meet the people of Sheffield in an open context, where people can fire questions at him without being stage managed. I hope he’ll do it.”
On the subject of Mr Clegg’s pledge to return any net gain on the sale of his house to the taxpayer, Mr Blomfield said “Well, that’s the test for him. And he may as well sell it, because he’s got no roots in Sheffield. He doesn’t come here very often.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was welcomed back to Sheffield by a crowd of protesters, and hecklers today.
Mr Clegg had returned to Sheffield for a council Q&A session and to launch the region’s new Local Enterprise Partnership. As he was warmly greeted on the steps of the Town Hall by council leader Paul Scriven, protesters shouted “Judas” at the Deputy Prime Minister.
A Union organised rally, which dispersed minutes before Mr Clegg’s arrival, drew crowds in their hundreds outside the Town Hall. Chants of “Nick Clegg, Tory Boy” were heard through the protest, attended by a number of Labour councillors and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.
The insults were hurled by a small group of protesters who had stayed behind after the demonstration ended.
More on the protest to follow, including video of Paul Blomfield MP’s speech.
Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield Council and Lib Dem PPC
300 flyers, shifted in 20 minutes
A creative gag
Say what you like about Sheffield’s activist community, you can never accuse them of being nesh.
Two separate groups braved the cold snap today to protest against bus fare increases and a local boutique caught selling real fur, respectively.
More (including video) from the bus protest a little later, but here’s what happened at Sa-kis. Continue reading