‘Why are the students angry Papa?’ Nick Clegg’s son asks

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
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NICK Clegg worries about how the personal abuse he receives affects his family - and revealed one of his sons asked him: “Why are the students angry with you, Papa?”

In a highly personal interview published today, the Sheffield Hallam MP accepts the sustained criticism he received since entering a coalition with the Tories left its mark.

“I’m a human being, I’m not a punchbag - I’ve got feelings,” said the Deputy PM.

In the interview for The New Statesman magazine Mr Clegg disclosed he likes to read novels at home in the evenings and “cries regularly to music”.

He said he does not want to spend his entire career in politics and revealed that, though he has played tennis with David Cameron, “we don’t regard each other as mates”.

He shrugs off much of the criticism against him, adding: “If you wake up every morning worrying about what’s in the Press, you would go completely and utterly potty.”

Mr Clegg was also quizzed about the connection between PM David Cameron and newspaper owner Rupert Murdoch’s circle.

“If you’ve got an issue with it, speak to Dave,” he said. “I don’t hang out in Oxfordshire at dinner parties. It’s not my world.”