Nick Clegg is not having a good day. A survey of the Deputy Prime Minister’s seat claims he is behind Labour by 10 points in his Sheffield Hallam constituency. If accurate, this means that Clegg will be out of a job come May.
Now it seems even his own team may have some reservations about his popularity in the local area. Mr S has got wind of a batch of Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrat leaflets that don’t even mention him by name, let alone include a picture of their candidate.
Mr S suspects that the omission of Clegg may be for the best. ‘There’s a big student population in Sheffield Hallam and a lot of them are still very cross about the tuition fees, it was a big political mistake,’ Steerpike’s Sheffield mole whispers.
Happily, Clegg is still ahead of the Conservatives. The poll put Labour on 33 per cent, Lib Dems on 23 per cent, Tories on 22 per cent, Greens on 12 per cent and UKIP on 9 per cent. It now remains to be seen whether the Liberal Democrats will adjust the statistics on the leaflet in light of the damaging figures.