Clegg backs Sheffield beauty spot fundraising plans

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NICK Clegg joined Lib Dems on the campaign trail in Sheffield with a trip to a city heritage site, a care home and an appearance at a village debate.

Mr Clegg visited Forge Dam Café to back a campaign to raise funding for much-needed repairs to the dam and met the Friends of Porter Valley.

The deputy prime minister praised their fundraising efforts, which aim to see £360,000 invested in de-silting the dam and strengthening its walls.

There he talked to Ann Le Sage, chair of the Friends Group, along with other friends members and Lib Dem campaigner Sue Alston.

The Hallam MP also visited Alexander Court Care Home, in Crookes, with Rob Frost, his party candidate in the council elections and was given a guided tour.

Manager Carole Barker said: “We feel so privileged to have received a visit from the deputy prime minister and to be able to demonstrate to him, and the local community, our passion for providing the best quality and kindest care to our residents.

She added: “It’s not often we are visited by national figures, and all of the residents thoroughly enjoyed meeting our local celebrity.”

Mr Clegg used the visit to raise his concerns about the council’s plans to close the nearby Bole Hill View dementia care centre.

He said: “Caring for the most vulnerable in our society is extremely important to me and local Liberal Democrats.

“That is why we are so concerned with the council’s plan to close all three of Sheffield’s dementia care centres.”

Mr Clegg later joined around 60 Worrall residents for a ‘Question Time’-style debate in the village hall.

Amon the issues that were discussed was Sheffield Council’s proposals to allow green field land in the village to be used for housing.