Nick Clegg meets … Showing the Lib Dem fight against the Tories is alive and well

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

In just over an hour’s time, at 2pm, the Lib Dem leader is holding the first of his ‘Nick Clegg meets …’ open question-and-answer sessions outside of his own constituency. This isn’t a party event: this is a chance for voters to question the Deputy Prime Minister, and will be broadcast live on TV.

It’s being billed as follows:

An opportunity to ask the Deputy Prime Minister anything you like…
– What will the coalition government’s programme mean for me?
– How will the current spending review impact Abingdon ?
– What are the DPM’s plans to change politics?

But just as significant is the location: Abingdon, part of the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency – which Lib Dems will need little reminding was the scene of Evan Harris’s cruelly narrow general election defeat to the Tories’ right-wing Nicola Blackwood. Depending on the result of next May’s alternative vote referendum and the boundary review, it will be a top, top target for the Lib Dems in the 2015 general election.

It is no coincidence that Nick’s first major Deputy PM’s Q&A is taking place in a Lib Dem-Tory marginal: it’s a clear signal to the party that, however closely we might work with the Tories in government, we will be continuing to campaign against them in the country.