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Protesters Rocked Up In Leafy Surbiton And Shouted At Nick Clegg

Lib Dem campaigners were not impressed.

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It's Surbiton, that leafy part of southwest London where nothing ever happens. And Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg had hoped for a nice, quiet day of campaigning.

Tension is mounting in Surbiton as we await the Clegg bus

But wait, who's this? Someone has come to disrupt Clegg's visit to energy secretary Ed Davey's seat.

"Nick Clegg lied to me, he said uni would be free!"


Thorpe says Clegg has "broken his promises". She's unhappy with coalition policies on benefit changes and affordable housing.

The ringleader with the megaphone is Richard Donnelly. He tells BuzzFeed News that Clegg has "propped up a Tory government which has been stealing money from the pockets of ordinary people for five years.

"He has the audacity to come to a university town and claim he's a serious alternative to the Tories. He expected there to be no local resistance. Well, there is."


They can't wait for him to come out. First, there's a bit of a stand-off with the Lib Dem campaigners.

And then here he is – the man of the hour, studiously avoiding the protesters and their chants.

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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