Naz Hussain the former Liberal Democrat councillor for Dewsbury West who lost his seat in the local elections in May has called for Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg to step down, in a letter titled “Nick Clegg should go” in the Dewsbury Reporter. Hussain who was campaigning for a third term, lost his Dewsbury West seat to Labour candidate Darren O’Donovan who polled 2918 votes to Hussain’s 2118.
“You fight the election based on a manifesto and when you are elected then you deliver on that manifesto,” he wrote in the letter. “If you betray the voters then they will give their verdict at the next available opportunity,” referring to the various compromises made by the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition with the Conservatives.
He then preceded to directly attack party leader Nick Clegg, stating that usually local elections are fought on local issues but for the Lib Dems the national political landscape played a part in the outcome of the locals, “I quickly became aware that it was going to be an uphill battle due to the national political situation.”
“A lot of them said that they change the channel when they see ‘our glorious leader’ on telly. They knew exactly what Tories stood for but they never expected the Liberal Democrats to give up their flagship policies and pledges just to be in ‘power’.”
“Nick Clegg has completely misread the public mood, and underestimated the voters dissatisfaction on the issues of tuition fees and NHS cuts. He should accept responsibility and do the honourable thing and resign because the public has clearly given their verdict on his politics and policies. British people support underdogs not collaborators.”
You can read the letter in full here on the Dewsbury Reporter’s site. http://bit.ly/mMTxyd