Opinion: The power is in your hands

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The power is in the hands of the people.

That was the message yesterday from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as he took part in The Star’s debate ahead of the forthcoming general election.

The sitting Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam went head-to-head with his rival candidates – who were meeting him for the first time – in front of students at Bradfield School.

The six candidates clashed over issues from policing to immigration – and strongly on Government austerity.

However, while Mr Clegg strides the national stage, it is worth remembering that he represents and is elected by the people of Sheffield Hallam.

His particular seat will garner many column inches in the national newspapers and it is, of course, an area that The Star – along with all the other constituencies on our patch – will provide in-depth coverage about.

Local issues are where the vote should be decided on May 7. There is always the temptation to vote tribally but the person who is elected to Westminster should be the one who best represents the people of their constituency.

National issues will all always be to the forefront but your MP represents you and that should never be forgotten.

* Read more: Video: Watch the Star debate with Nick Clegg and Sheffield Hallam candidates