Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg officially opened Sutton Life Centre

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg officially opened the Sutton Life Centre this morning.

Mr Clegg embarked on a whistle-stop tour of the controversial £8 million facility, in Sutton Common Road, before making a speech to invited guests.

As part of his visit he also sat in on a short lesson with Greenshaw High School pupils on what they had learned from the venue.

He described Sutton as a "vanguard of the Big Society" and said the Life Centre "fitted in pefectly with that spirit".

"I was struck by what a boy called Jack said about the place. He said 'it makes you feel confident about life', which is exactly right. It will give optimism and confidence to young people.

"Growing up today isn’t easy as life has become more complex for young people to navigate.

"We want to wipe the slate clean so young people are free from the burden of our failings.

"There is nothing fair about putting those burdens on your shoulders. What happens to you when you’re young is the most important time of your life.

"Every single child, irrespective of their circumstances, should get the start in life they deserve and in a nutshell that is the definition of what a fair, liberal society should be like."

Click here to view a picture gallery of Nick Clegg opening the Sutton Life Centre

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12:18pm Wed 27 Oct 10

David7 says...

An invited (therefore non-critical) audience? No public allowed? How convenient.

No doubt there’s plenty of free nibbles and drinkies on offer, at taxpayers’ expense.

Someone should tell Corporal Clegg there’s an elephant in the room – a great big useless white elephant.
An invited (therefore non-critical) audience? No public allowed? How convenient. No doubt there’s plenty of free nibbles and drinkies on offer, at taxpayers’ expense. Someone should tell Corporal Clegg there’s an elephant in the room – a great big useless white elephant. David7
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1:05pm Wed 27 Oct 10

votes4tenants says...

a criminal waste of money!

£30 million cuts needed in Sutton Council, Staff made redundant at Sutton Housing Partnership

Beggers belief!
a criminal waste of money! £30 million cuts needed in Sutton Council, Staff made redundant at Sutton Housing Partnership Beggers belief! votes4tenants
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2:21pm Wed 27 Oct 10

theavengers says...

Every child gets a fair start in life? How? By eliminating their parents jobs in mass? By wasting their parents taxmoney left right and centre? By making University fees so high that the average family will find it nearly impossible to send their kids to school? Cleggron needs a reality check and get their Eton heads out of the sand. Please don't patronize us!
Every child gets a fair start in life? How? By eliminating their parents jobs in mass? By wasting their parents taxmoney left right and centre? By making University fees so high that the average family will find it nearly impossible to send their kids to school? Cleggron needs a reality check and get their Eton heads out of the sand. Please don't patronize us! theavengers
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6:27pm Wed 27 Oct 10

SeamlesslyMe says...

To comment on David7's question above, this was almost certainly a carefully spun, stage-managed event in front of an invited audience. Residents near the Life Centre were sent letters by the leader of Sutton council headed "Sutton Life Centre Official Opening 10am Onwards" giving the impression it was going to be opened at 10. I got there just before 10 and it was already open with no sign of Nick. Clearly he was there earlier and the Lib Dems did not trust the general public to witness the event. Which is not very polite seeing how much the general public have paid for the Life Centre.
To comment on David7's question above, this was almost certainly a carefully spun, stage-managed event in front of an invited audience. Residents near the Life Centre were sent letters by the leader of Sutton council headed "Sutton Life Centre Official Opening 10am Onwards" giving the impression it was going to be opened at 10. I got there just before 10 and it was already open with no sign of Nick. Clearly he was there earlier and the Lib Dems did not trust the general public to witness the event. Which is not very polite seeing how much the general public have paid for the Life Centre. SeamlesslyMe
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11:43pm Wed 27 Oct 10

Michael Pantlin says...

Looking at the number of fatties in the High Street I find it difficult to disagree that Sutton is in the vanguard of the big society.
Looking at the number of fatties in the High Street I find it difficult to disagree that Sutton is in the vanguard of the big society. Michael Pantlin
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5:00pm Sat 30 Oct 10

LiberalsOut says...

Why are the Lib Dems scared of people protesting against their wanton waste of our cash- bit of a surprise that.High Street still not finished - 3 months overdue (July 2010 was the date given)Its bad enough having a Council run by them but Cameron must have been off his head to allow them into Government!!!!
Why are the Lib Dems scared of people protesting against their wanton waste of our cash- bit of a surprise that.High Street still not finished - 3 months overdue (July 2010 was the date given)Its bad enough having a Council run by them but Cameron must have been off his head to allow them into Government!!!! LiberalsOut
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12:19am Sun 31 Oct 10

David7 says...

Wonder if they built in a fag break for him?
Wonder if they built in a fag break for him? David7
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