Nick's a hands-on MP

YOU have to hand it to Sheffield MP Nick Clegg.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 11:32 am
Updated Friday, 5th October 2007, 7:49 am

The Hallam Liberal Democrat made a real impression during his visit to the flagship site of the city's newest specialist college.

Nick had a mould made of his hand which was used to create a pewter metal model by students at the Butcher Works, part of the Freeman College in the city centre.

The college is part of a national further education charity which educates young people with autistic spectrum disorders and developmental delay.

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Nick saw how the college has restored and refashioned the historic grade II listed Sterling and Butcher works, which were both originally used by craft and cutlery workers.

The work is now in its last stages and the Butcher Works site will be unveiled at an official opening on December 7.

The Liberal Democrats' shadow home secretary was given a guided tour of the whole college site which, when completed, will house a gallery, caf, artists' workshops, student refectory and a community bakery.

Mr Clegg was presented with the model of his hand as a commemorative gift by some of the students.

David Heugh, the college's director of fundraising, said: "This is a very exciting time for Freeman College and we really enjoyed giving Nick a tour of the college.

"In addition to the education of young people with special needs, Freeman College is preserving and regenerating some of the city's historic buildings. Nick was just as impressed and enthused as we are!"

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