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12 April 2011updated 12 Oct 2023 10:17am

When Nick Clegg met Mrs Duffy

Watch: Gordon Brown’s tormentor confronts the Deputy Prime Minister in Rochdale.

By George Eaton

What had been a trying morning for Nick Clegg became tougher still when Gordon Brown’s old tormentor, Mrs Duffy, confronted the Deputy Prime Minister during a trip to Rochdale.

Clegg turned on the charm, referring to her throughout as “Gillian”, but the redoubtable Duffy wasn’t impressed. “Liberal policies were a lot like Labour policies years and years ago,” she noted astutely. Still, after his recent on-mike gaffe, Clegg will be grateful that there was no repeat today.

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