Liberal Democrat leader visits Brookes

Thursday, 29 April 2010


Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, visited Oxford Brookes University for a question and answer session with students.

Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, visited Oxford Brookes University for a question and answer session with students.

About 400 Brookes students and 60 journalists packed into the Main Hall at Gipsy Lane to hear him speak during the 40-minute event broadcast live on news channels.

Mr Clegg was asked questions about wide-ranging topics including: the state of the British economy; the war in Iraq and the issue of reparations; the possibility of a hung parliament; his promise to phase out university tuition fees from the autumn and the exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Oxford Brookes sits in the marginal seat of Oxford East, which the Labour Party won in 2005 with a majority of 963. Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid a visit to the constituency earlier in the election campaign trail when he spent time at the Mini plant in Cowley.

Mr Clegg, who has enjoyed a large bounce in the polls following the televised leaders’ debates, arrived at Brookes in his distinctive yellow battle bus. He was greeted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer and Abeiku Sarbah, President of the Students’ Union.

Surrounded by a large media scrum, he chatted to members of the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club who were holding an event in the university’s main reception area before he entered the hall.

Mr Clegg started by talking about the Liberal Democrat’s vision of the future and then opened the floor to questions.

Afterwards he gave media interviews outside before leaving to prepare for the final televised leaders’ debate.