A day after the Liberal Democrats’ leader in Liverpool told Nick Clegg he wasn’t welcome on Merseyside it emerges even his own constituency party is shunning him. Councillors fighting to hang onto ward seats in Sheffield Hallam have refused to put their local MP, party leader and Deputy Prime Minister on their latest election literature:

This is in stark contrast to their previous local election literature, which saw Nick Clegg plastered all over issues of Focus. For the 2010 local and general elections, this copy of the Hallamshire Herald featured no fewer than 13 photographs of the Lib Dem leader and asked people to donate to “Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems”:

What a difference a year makes.

  1. But thank goodness some things haven’t changed – TWO bar graphs and an “It’s a two horse race!”

    I rather fear that with or without pictures of their glorious leader the Lib Dems are in for a series of kickings in the next few months.

  2. Got my Focus this morning – here in Sheffield Central there is a pic of Paul Scriven (LibDem leader of council & parliamentary candidate) with not Nick Clegg – but Chris Huhne

    Whilst I am tempted to use it to line the cat litter tray, I will be taking advantage of the FREEPOST slip to tell the LibDems exactly what I think

  3. You don’t think the fact Nick Clegg was the candidate for Sheffield Hallam at the last election has anything to do with him appearing on the leaflets in his constituency?

  4. Jennifer Hynes says:

    Since 1885 Sheffield Hallam has had only 18 years without a Tory MP. The last was the odious Irvine Patnick (87-97). So I wouldn’t get too excited about our prospects there. Clegg has been the MP there for 6 years, or 2 elections. I do hope he loses the seat and that it will, hopefully, topple the regime in Westminster. But I can’t see the wealthiest constituency in the north of England turning red just yet. Sheffield City Council however will be a different story altogether when those elections are held.

  5. What a massive shock that Councillors choose to focus on local issues for, you know, a local election. As opposed to last year, which was a general election. Complete and utter non-story.

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