General Election: Nick Clegg ‘had to go,’ says Portsmouth Lib Dem

Nick Clegg resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the general election. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Nick Clegg resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the general election. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Nick Clegg ‘had to go’ after the Lib Dem’s dismal performance in the general election.

That was the view of Portsmouth South Lib Dem candidate Gerald Vernon-Jackson - who was beaten to the city seat by Tory Flick Drummond - following the Lib Dem leader’s resignation on the back of the poor result.

Mr Vernon-Jackson, who is also standing for a Portsmouth City Council seat in the local elections, said: ‘It was appalling for the party - a total blood bath.

‘Just like Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage, Clegg had to go.

‘I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was, but I think going into a coalition with the Tories five years ago made voters deflect.

‘Going around and speaking to voters locally, they said historically they voted tactically to keep the Tories out, but after the coalition they have decided to just have a Conservative government.

‘The tuition fees was a very silly decision, a bad decision, and I told Clegg at the time, but he didn’t listen.

‘It wasn’t just me, many did, but there you go.’

Mr Vernon-Jackson also revealed his pick for the next Lib Dem leader.

‘I think Tim Farron will be the next party leader,’he said. ‘But then we don’t have much choice.

‘I still think the Lib Dems as a party is needed, there’s a lot of nationalism at the moment both in Scotland and England.

‘Nationalism leads to war and conflict, but we are a uniting party.’

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