Clegg kidnap plot ‘one daft tweet’, says Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Nick Clegg.

Deputy Prime Minister: Nick Clegg.

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NICK Clegg has dismissed threats of a plot to kidnap him during the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference in Sheffield as “one daft tweet”, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP told radio station Hallam FM: “What happens is you get one daft tweet and everyone thinks it’s going to happen. Of course security is an issue, but I’m very lucky. I don’t live behind some great barbed wire fence.

“My kids still go to the local school. I walked them to school this morning. Miriam and I try to keep life for our family as normal as possible, , which is important for our kids and for me.”

South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are investigating a report that there had been a threat to kidnap him during the conference.

A force spokesman said: “The force is aware of the article. We are investigating its content and are looking to establish the validity of the story. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage in the investigation.”

A “ring of steel” has been erected in the heart of a city as police prepare for up to 10,000 demonstrators to descend on the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference.

Up to 1,000 police are expected to be on duty in Sheffield between tomorrow and Sunday to cope with the thousands of students, trade unionists and a range of other groups who are planning to use the conference as a focus for anti-Government protests.

Estimates put the cost of the security operation at around £2 million.

Mr Clegg, speaking to Hallam FM presenter Ed Nell, and answering listeners questions live on air, added: “I’m really looking forward to the conference in Sheffield.

“I’m lucky to be the leader of a party where we have very open discussions and very democratic.

“People will always say that means there are splits. But I think it’s a good healthy thing for parties to get together and talk about stuff. And there’s lots to talk about. Lots of difficult things to talk about. I was chuffed to have the conference held in Sheffield. It’s something I was very keen to do.

“There’s about 3,000 delegates and a whole lot of other people coming to Sheffield for the first time. It’s a big opportunity for Sheffield to show off, if you like.”

A “ring of steel” has been erected in the heart of a city as police prepare for up to 10,000 demonstrators to descend on the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference.

SEE THE STAR TOMORROW FOR AN EXCLUSIVE CHAT WITH NICK CLEGG AHEAD OF THE CONFERENCE.