HE’S been spat at, hounded by protesters and had dog mess pushed through his letter box but Nick Clegg insists he is no longer the most controversial politician in Sheffield.
He claims the dubious accolade has been passed to his ministerial colleague, Tory and Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin, over his alleged remarks about not wanting more Sheffield families to be able to afford cheap holidays.
Mr Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has warned the key policy advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron that he faces a hostile reception from Sheffielders.
Mr Clegg said: “I suggest to him that he probably wants to tread with care when he comes to visit a city that I love.
“He has now, I think, overnight become the most controversial politician in Sheffield.”
Mr Letwin, who is a millionaire, did not deny making the remarks to London Mayor Boris Johnson.
He said: “I do not ever comment on things that are alleged to have been said in private conversations but I would never knowingly ever say anything offensive to anybody.”
Even David Cameron was dragged into the row - during a visit to Pakistan.
He said: “I normally find, if you look at the full quotation of what Oliver Letwin has said, it is often different to what was reported in the newspapers,” he told a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan.
“And I haven’t looked at the full quotation but I expect when I do I will probably find I am right.”