Clegg attacks Tories’ ‘vanity projects’

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today launch a blistering attack on the Conservatives, claiming they squander taxpayers’ money on vanity projects.

As the Liberal Democrat leader launches the party’s local election campaign, he will lump the Tories together with Labour and claim both have a record in local government of waste and inefficiency.

The attack marks the start of what is expected to be weeks of tough campaigning ahead of the May 2 poll.

Mr Clegg will tell voters in Cornwall: “Difficult decisions will need to be made in local government, just as in national government, and people understand that. But they – rightly – expect that their representatives should make the fairest possible decisions.

“A vote for Labour or the Tories will be a vote for the same thing.

“Even when millions of families are feeling the pinch, they’ll both squander taxpayers’ money on waste, inefficiency and their own vanity projects.”