Few Takers for Clegg Speech

Nick CleggClegg’s press secretary, Rae Stewart, was “strictly” limiting attendance for a keynote speech by Nick Clegg tomorrow to “one journalist per publication” on Thursday.

From: rae.stewart@xxx.gov.uk
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 14:26:37 +0100
Subject: Advance extracts of DPM speech on Monday

Please find attached (and in text form below) embargoed extracts from the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech to the Institute for Government tomorrow. Please also note that access to hear the speech is limited, which is why I asked that those of you who would like to attend email me by 17.00 Friday. Not many have done so yet, but as I suspect that quite a few of you will want to be there I’ll extend the deadline until 11.30 tomorrow morning.

Rae seems to have wildly overestimated the box-office appeal of Clegg who is basically going to say “There is nothing progressive about condemning ourselves and our children to decades of debt, higher interest rates, fewer jobs.” Guido will give it a miss, and suspect it won’t be quite the sell out event they anticipate…

UPDATE :The media grid in Downing Street doesn’t seem very coordinated, Cameron is making a statement on Afghanistan at 14.30, the same time Clegg is giving his speech.




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