Rival slams Clegg on cuts

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MP Nick Clegg’s rival for the Sheffield Hallam seat has rebuked the Deputy Prime Minister over the latest growth figures.

Last week the Office for National Statistics revealed that UK economic output rose by 0.8 per cent between July and September – the fastest rate for three years.

The coalition put it down to its cuts programme and schemes such as Help to Buy, designed to help buyers get on the property ladder. Mr Clegg hailed it as evidence ‘that we are firmly on the road to economic recovery’.

But Labour’s Oliver Coppard, the Sheffield-born candidate who will contest the Liberal Democrat Hallam seat in the next general election, has called for Mr Clegg to see austerity is not working in his own constituency.

He said: “If Clegg’s economic plan is working so well, why are we having to set up a food bank in Crookes; one of the wealthiest parts of the city?

Why is he making even greater cuts to the money Sheffield gets from government?

“David Cameron has made sure his own constituency of Witney has suffered a cut of only £34 per person, while Nick Clegg has waived through cuts to Sheffield of £200 per person.”