By Joe Young - Politics Editor

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has come out against former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for his welfare cuts. Speaking to The Guardian, the former Deputy Prime Minister said,

“Welfare for Osborne was just a bottomless pit of savings, and it didn’t really matter what the human consequences were, because focus groups had shown that the voters they wanted to appeal to were very anti-welfare, and therefore there was almost no limit to those anti-welfare prejudices.”

Clegg, who held his previously safe Sheffield Hallam constituency with 2,353 votes, said of former Prime Minister David Cameron and Osborne:

“[One of them, and] I honestly can’t remember whom – looked genuinely nonplussed and said: ‘I don’t understand why you keep going on about the need for more social housing – it just creates Labour voters.’ They genuinely saw housing as a Petri dish for voters. It was unbelievable.”

This comes in wake of the Liberal Democrats repositioning themselves as a centre-left party after they were almost wiped out in the 2015 General Election, being reduced to a mere 8 seats, losing every single one in their former South West England heartlands. Clegg, who came widely under fire after voting to increase tuition fees after signing a pledge not to, also came out and said, “it was like delivering a punch in the face to parents who dreamed of watching their children graduate.”

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.
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