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Clegg unfazed by blue paint attack

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has dismissed being attacked with blue paint as "not a big deal".

The Liberal Democrat leader was splattered with paint at a meeting with grassroots Liberal Democrat members in Glasgow during a tour of the UK.

One man, understood to be in his early 20s, has been arrested in connection with the incident at Woodside Hall in the west of the city, police said.

Clegg told Real Radio: "These things happen. It's not a big deal."

Two men entered the closed meeting and threw paint at Mr Clegg and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie. It is not known if the men were Lib Dem members.

Mr Rennie said: "It was two disgruntled individuals, who chose not to speak about their concerns in advance but were purely interested in a stunt. Their behaviour has only obscured any message that they may have had."

Strathclyde police later confirmed a 22 year-old man had been arrested and was being held by police. A spokesman said he was being detained in connection with allegations of breach of the peace and police assault. It is understood the man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "Nick certainly was not going to let it stop him from talking to Glaswegian Liberal Democrats about their concerns. Nick's got three children under 10, he's not worried about a bit of paint."

It is understood the attack was a protest against the Liberal Democrats' decision to enter into coalition with the Conservatives.

Mr Rennie told the BBC: "It's just disappointing. We would have perhaps been able to answer his questions. We didn't know any of that and Nick never got an opportunity to answer these questions, so that's a bit disappointing."


From Belfast Telegraph