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Labour criticise Nick Clegg over London radio show

Labour has criticised Nick Clegg's decision to take part in a weekly phone-in show on a local independent radio station in London.

Speaking during business of the House questions on 10 January 2013, shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle accused Mr Clegg of "hiding" from his constituents in Sheffield.

The deputy prime minister took part in the first of his regular slots on LBC radio earlier in the day.

Ms Eagle told MPs: "I've discovered that strangely while the deputy prime minister's keen to do a London phone-in, yesterday he refused to appear on a Radio Sheffield show to answer questions about the impact of government cuts on his own constituency.

"As the deputy prime minister clearly has time on his hands, could the leader of the House make a change to future business to accommodate a statement on why the Liberal Democrat leader is hiding from the people of Sheffield."

Leader of the House Andrew Lansley revealed that he did not tune into the show as he was preparing for questions in the Commons.

Labour's Kevin Brennan accused the government of "not telling us what we need to know, but telling us what we do not want to know".

He claimed the Department for Education had only answered one freedom of information (FOI) request in the last nine months, while Nick Clegg, speaking on LBC, "felt the need to tell the nation that he owned a green onesie".

Mr Lansley said he found it "incredible" that the Department of Education had only responded to one FOI request, adding that any department he had been in had replied to requests "by the dozen on a weekly basis".

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