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Live webchat with Nick Clegg, Wed 6 Jan, 1.30-2.30pm

(257 Posts)
GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Jan-10 11:26:28

Kicking off our live webchats for 2010, we're pleased to welcome Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Nick will be live from 1.30 and is hoping to be online for an hour or so.

Nick is MP for Sheffield Hallam, has been Liberal Democrat leader since Dec 2007 and is married with three young children, aged 7, 5 and nine months.

BigBadMummy Mon 04-Jan-10 11:32:52

Biscuits Biscuits Biscuits Nick.

Please can I ask your favourite, and whether you dunk or not.

Let's get the important stuff out of the way and then we can move onto the political stuff grin

MrsNarcissist Mon 04-Jan-10 11:42:54

Is it only history and tradition that stops your party coming to power? Will this ever change?

WhineMaiden Mon 04-Jan-10 11:44:06

Hi Nick

What difference do you think you could make to families, education and health?

MrsNarcissist Mon 04-Jan-10 11:45:11

And hello and welcome to Mumsnet, I have feeling you will be rather more welcome than your peers!grin

YouKnowStuffingIsForLunch Mon 04-Jan-10 11:58:31

Welcome to Mumsnet, Nick. I hope you've done your homework grin

Is there any chance that with the scrapping of Student Fees you would consider getting rid of existing Student Loans? Thereby wiping the slate clean for those of us to suffer their effects?

mumbot Mon 04-Jan-10 12:08:14

Hi Nick, one of the barriers to voting for LibDem is the concern that your team haven't been in Government before; will you know how to run the country etc?

Is this something you can just pick up / learn as you go?

JustinExcelsisMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Jan-10 12:12:08

By the by, particularly as Nick C is a bit pushed for time, can we stick closely to our webchat guidelines please:

1. One question per member plus a follow-up question if appropriate, ie once you've had a response. 2. Keep your question brief 3. Don't be disappointed if your specific question doesn't get answered and do try not to keep posting "What about me?". 4. Do be civil/polite.

Many thanks.

squeaver Mon 04-Jan-10 12:32:40

What will your list of demands be in the (quite likely) event of a hung parliament?

NickNemo Mon 04-Jan-10 12:34:41

Dammit, I am going to be away on the day. But, here's my question...

Dear Nick,

Would you consider an alliance with Labour in the forthcoming elections in order to keep the Tories out?

Thanks!

Ewe Mon 04-Jan-10 12:47:28

Hi Nick

Welcome to Mumsnet. I live in Surrey in an area that has been Conservative for as long as anyone can remember. I understand that you obviously wouldn't heavily focus on a seat like this but I don't even know the name of my local Lib Dem PPC.

At a time when many people feel they have little choice I can't help but think you should be maximising this opportunity but it doesn't appear to me that you are - at least where I am anyway! I think a Lib Dem government could be a very welcome change but I can't see how you will win enough votes.

So, my question is, what are you planning on doing to get your actual policy ideas across in a media circus dominated by Brown and Cameron?

morningpaper Mon 04-Jan-10 15:36:11

Hi Nick,

As the only party leader who is an atheist, can you clarify your party's position on state-funded faith schools favouring children from religious families in their admissions policies? Will this practice be allowed to continue under a Lib Dem government?

SleeperService Mon 04-Jan-10 16:08:30

Nick,

Would the lack of electoral reform be a 'deal breaker' for the Lib Dems in any potential coalition?

SS.

LadyBlaBlah Mon 04-Jan-10 16:40:41

Hi Nick

Would you like to know about some Lib Dem councillors and MPs who have been up to no good where I live? Oooooh it is bad - just a shame most people have been paralysed by apathy.

claraquack Mon 04-Jan-10 17:07:54

Hi Nick

I see you have young children, including a nine-month old baby.

What impact does this have on your work and how would you like to see parliament reformed to help redress the work/life balance.

In particular I would like to see more women with babies/young children representing us in parliament, but can't see how this will ever happen given the current hours, old-boys-club atmosphere and other barriers to someone like me (mother with two young children) becoming an MP.

Thanks.

bruxeur Mon 04-Jan-10 17:54:12

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stickylittlefingers Mon 04-Jan-10 20:13:30

Nick

The Libdems have consistently got a high share of the vote. If the Tories come begging to you for your support, will you please insist that some form of PR is introduced (I'm liking the AMS myself) so that we have some choice beyond right wing and even further right wing? Peter Mandelsohn's policies are making me want to emigrate! But the Tories don't offer anything different.

This country needs a liberal, socialist party!

Or I'm getting my coat grin

nettie Mon 04-Jan-10 20:17:36

Hi Nick

What are your opinions on Clause 26 of The Children Schools and Families Bill regaqrding Home Education? Are you Aware of the mass presentation of petitions to parliament against the Badman Review just before Christmas? Will you be attending the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Home Education this afternoon?

Sorry this is 3 questions, but all covering sasme subject!

nettie Mon 04-Jan-10 20:19:01

same subject blush

really must preview post especially when talking to party leader grin

MoreSpamThanGlam Mon 04-Jan-10 20:52:14

What stickylittlefingers said....

Come on Nick, tell us something astonishing!

santaschristmascakeywakey Mon 04-Jan-10 21:18:24

Hello Nick, nice to have you here after Gordon and David.

What are your thoughts on devolving responsibility and funding back down to local councils? Do you think the Labour party has centralised them because both your party and the Conservatives have more of a hold on local Government than they do?

snice Mon 04-Jan-10 21:26:24

Hello Nick

Is it a bit depressing to be leading a party who realistically can't win given the current 'first past the post' system? Or do you just take that as read and focus on achieving some sort of coalition?

JackTheHallsWithBauersOfHolly Tue 05-Jan-10 11:44:40

Hello Nick,

What sort of provisions would you make for parents wishing to go back to work after having children?
Currently it would cost me over £300 a week for childcare if I worked, and I didn't earn this much before I had my children, so I have to stay at home. Tax credits don't help as if I did work we would then earn 'too much' as a hosuehold to qualify, although we woudl be barely scraping by.
And please don't answer with phrases like 'middle income' earners as I don't know what that means.

Sorry it is dull, but it is important to me! Thanks.

DoctorWho Tue 05-Jan-10 11:55:53

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morningpaper Tue 05-Jan-10 11:59:20

shouldn't you be reversing the polarity of the neutron flow or something?

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