Clegg criticised for not standing up for the city

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Opposition Labour Party MPs have hit back at the spending review, condemning it as ‘unfair to Sheffield.’

They also attacked Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, for standing up for his own personal and political interests instead of standing up for Sheffield.

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: “This spending review and the even bigger cuts are happening only because Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg’s economic plan has failed.

“George Osborne promised to balance the books by 2015. Instead, he’s created three years of falling living standards and a flat-lining economy, which has forced him to borrow billions more to pay for his economic failure.

“We’ve had lots of pain, but not much gain.“

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, said: “Local council services are again bearing the brunt of the government’s cuts. There is a myth these cuts have not had any impact.

“We will undoubtedly see real cuts in and or big increases in charges for services that local people value.”

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, MP for Brightside and Hillsborough, said: “Mr Clegg has spent the last three years trying to claim credit for Labour initiatives and to distance himself from every decision that has been unfair to Sheffield and South Yorkshire. It doesn’t wash.”

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, said: “This is a spending review that should never have taken place. This announcement of more years of cuts is the price Sheffield and the country has to pay for the Chancellor’s failure to get the economy growing.”