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Hughes: Je ne regrette rien!

In an echo of disastrous former Tory chancellor Norman Lamont singing in the bath, Lib Dem Simon Hughes refused on Thursday to apologise for any of his party's policies since Clegg entered government with the Tories.

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An inter-faith hustings event was organised by Walworth churches and mosques and hosted at St Peter's church on Liverpoool Grove, SE17.

6 year old Anastasia asked each representative what their party should say sorry for. All parties answered the question, except Mr Hughes who claimed he 'had nothing to apologise for' since his Lib Dems took office.

Labour's candidate, councillor Neil Coyle, suggested his party's last government should have reformed and improved social care. Neil told Anastasia that his mother and family needed help when he was her age - and left many children providing care for parents and grandparents.

Hughes' comments were criticised by attendees for being pompous and arrogant. Local photographer Anthony Kelly said: "To answer a 6 year old with political point scoring was plain crass but typical of a man so out of touch with local young people and families' needs. It's time for Hughes to not just apologise, but to retire."

Coyle said: "Anastasia asked a question that asked us to examine our and our parties' self-awareness. I told her part of my personal story. But she got short-changed by Lib Dem Mr Hughes, like Bermondsey since 2010. No party is perfect and other Lib Dems have apologised for hiking tuition fees, reorganising the NHS and imposing the bedroom tax. Not Hughes. I hope voters demand an apology on 7th May at the ballot box."

Anastasia was unavailable for comment as she went home to bed before the hustings events ended!

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