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Sheffield MP calls for sensible commemorations to mark War centenary

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam.

First World War commemorations should be sombre and sensible not ‘finger wagging’, according to Sheffield MP Nick Clegg.

The Deputy Prime Minister said most people wanted a ‘dispassionate’ reflection of the lessons learnt from the ‘shocking scale of bloodshed’ and insisted that was the approach the Government was taking.

Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “I think, in terms of the commemoration of the War, it is going to be an important time for remembrance, of commemoration and a century later of learning the lessons of the past.

“Historians, of course, will have different debates about how they portray those historical events and I don’t want to in anyway impede historians from having those debates.

“However, I think, as a nation a full century later, most people would want this to be remembered in a sensible way, in as dispassionate a way as possible, one where we reflect on the lessons of that shocking scale of bloodshed.

“That’s the way we as a government are approaching our role in helping support the centenary arrangements.

“I think most people want a sombre and sensible reflection about what wars on that scale mean and how we, particularly in Europe, have over come that.”

 

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