Alternative Vote will make it difficult for BNP, says Nick Clegg - VIDEO

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AN Alternative Vote system would make it difficult for the BNP, Nick Clegg told a meeting in Sheffield.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP said AV would disadvantage extremist parties.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a questions and answers session at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a questions and answers session at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre.

Speaking at a town hall-style debate in Sheffield, hosted by The Sheffield Telegraph’s sister paper The Star, he said: “The BNP is campaigning against AV as they realise it is far more difficult for them to get a foothold in Westminster.”

The MP was taking part in a question and answer session with readers.

Mr Clegg accused the Labour Party in Sheffield of “cynical scaremongering” over the scale of the coalition cuts.

He was replying to a member of the public about the Big Society and the effect the cuts would have on it.

“There is a lot of really, really cynical scaremongering,’’ he added.

“I have been, for months, subject to the most outrageous scaremongering from Labour in Sheffield, predicting the end of the world as we know it because of the cuts. The streets will not be cleaned.

“David Blunkett saying we are going to a post-Soviet era where people are going to have to fend for themselves. This is insulting.”

Mr Clegg was asked a range of questions during the hour-long session, ranging from tuition fees and the benefits of AV to helping the unemployed get back to work.

For a full report see The Star on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.