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Political notes: the Sheffield J’accuse

Cuts to jobs and services are reopening the wounds of the Thatcher era, but that doesn’t mean an automatic boost for Labour

By Anne McElvoy   October 2010

I travelled recently to Nick Clegg’s Sheffield constituency for an edition of Radio 4’s Any Questions. All went courteously until the subject of public spending cuts reared its head. “Will Sheffield ever forgive Nick Clegg?” asked one questioner. The anger in his voice and applause from the audience made clear they weren’t much inclined to forgive the

Cleggeron coalition for what is to come.? After a long summer of relief at the sight of a new government the mood is about to grow much uglier and more divisive.

Such is the anxious context of this party conference season. Two leaders…

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