Protest forces Nick Clegg to run from the truth

Stop the Incinerator were outside St Helier Hospital today in an attempt to get Nick Clegg to listen to our concerns.

His Lib Dem council are so in favour of incineration you can only assume their party leader is as well.  However, he wasn’t there to answer questions but to rally his troops in a carefully stage managed show for the cameras.

Only it didn’t go quite according to plan and in spite of pre-arrival rehearsals and some heavy handed tactics from security and his supporters, the noisy protesters forced him in to cutting his visit short.

You can read more about it here in the Sutton Guardian or click on the pictures below to follow the other links.

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The National Guardian

The intention was to meet Liberal Democrat supporters outside the St Helier hospital in Tom Brake’s constituency of Carshalton and Wallington, but Nick Clegg was instead greeted by angry protesters.

Some wenational guardianre there to campaign against NHS cuts, and others – including Lib Dem councillor Nick Mattey – were there to protest against plans to open further waste incinerators in the area.

Clegg spoke to a small group of friendly supporters for a few minutes in a field facing the hospital, while his guards struggled to keep the demonstrators at bay.

The Lib Dem leader was then whisked into his official car and driven away, no more than five minutes after arriving.