Sep 22, 2010

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Leads NYU Wagner Town Hall Event

Nick Clegg, UK Deputy Prime Minister, conducts Wagner town hall event Sept. 22, 2010.

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party Leader in the United Kingdom, conducted a lively town hall meeting at New York University on September 22, sponsored by NYU Wagner and the University.

The lively, one-hour event drew more than 350 people, predominantly NYU students, to the Kimmel Center for University Life and its Eisner & Lubin auditorium.

Ellen Schall, dean of Wagner, delivered welcoming remarks about the European leader, who was the unexpected star of the national elections held in the UK in May. The Right Honourable Clegg, microphone in hand, outlined the sweep of history that has given rise to the coalition government in which he serves, led by the Conservative prime minister, David Cameron.

The Deputy Prime Minister spent the bulk of the hour fielding questions from the audience on topics ranging from his program for reducing the dole by waiving taxation for low wage workers, the unprecedented peacetime national deficit facing his country, and nuclear policy. His comments also took in the economy, political reform, and how and why liberals and conservatives can and should work together.


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