Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson quizzes Nick Clegg over P

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson quizzed Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg on the Prime Minister's failure to get the best deal for Britain in Europe.

David Cameron returned from Europe last week having failed to negotiate a deal for the country.

His failure has raised alarm bells amongst many business leaders both here in Sefton and in the country about the Britain's economy being handicapped because of Cameron's failure.

Bill Esterson took the opportunity to quiz Nick Clegg on the issue during Deputy Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Bill asked Nick Clegg: "Does the Deputy Prime Minister agree that businesses in this country should lobby the government to make sure the Prime Minister goes back to the European negotiating table to protect business, jobs and living standards in this country? Does he agree that our government needs to work with other European Countries to secure the best possible deal and make the most of trade with the rest of Europe?"

Afterwards, Bill said: "It is important to press the government about trade with the rest of Europe. Whatever people think of our European neighbours, we depend on the half a million people who live in Europe for our prosperity. Most of our trade is within Europe so businesses depend on Europe for their survival, two-million jobs depend on Europe and living standards of millions more people completely rely on good relations with the other 26 countries in the European Union.

"The Deputy Prime Minister Nigg Clegg had three main policies when he was elected last year. He promise to scrap student fees but voted to treble them. He wanted electoral reform but lost the referendum in May. He pledged to put Britain at the heart of Europe.

"If Mr Clegg is ever going to recover his reputation, he needs to keep his last remaining promise.

"That's why I am asking him to stand up to his Conservative partners in the coalition government and demand that they go back to the negotiating table to get the best deal for Britain."

Bill said David Cameron had surrendered to Europe.

Bill said: "Even Margaret Thatcher understood that Britain could only get a good deal from our European neighbours by continuing negotiations until she got what she wanted. David Cameron has forgotten that Margaret Thatcher never walked away from defending Britain's best interests. She banged the table but she never walked away.

"Cameron didn't even bang the table he just surrendered Britain's right to negotiate.

"When Cameron walked away from the table he left Britain without a voice and with no way of defending our position. Britain is unable to stand up for our rights in Europe because we have no one in the talks.

"Nick Clegg needs to stand up to David Cameron when it comes to getting what's best for British jobs and living standards. Otherwise the impression will remain that the only thing Clegg stands up for is when Cameron walks into the room." 

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