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Government's focus on early learning

The Deputy Prime Minister has been in Oxfordshire today, urging parents to find out if they're eligible for help with childcare. From this September, 15 hours of free childcare a week will be made available to more than 1,100 two-year-olds across the county from lower income backgrounds.

“I want to make sure no child in Oxfordshire loses out, which is why more than a thousand two-year-olds in the country will be eligible for free childcare starting this September.

“I’m determined to help parents with young children and this is just a part of a wide range of measures, including £1,200 of free childcare every year for under 12s and allowing parents to share maternity leave for the first time.”

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister


Clegg defends 1,400 homes development

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been on the campaign trail again today. It's his third visit to the Eastleigh constituency. Mr Clegg joined Hampshire cricketers at the Ageas Bowl to see how development work at the site is progressing.

He also spoke to Meridian, defending the decision by the Liberal Democrat run Eastleigh Borough Council to build 1,400 homes on farmland and a golf course at Boorley Green in Botley. The development has sparked local opposition.

Clegg pitches up for third visit to Eastleigh

Nick Clegg at the Ageas Bowl Credit: ITV Meridian
Nick Clegg arrives at the Ageas Bowl

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg pitched up for his third visit to Eastleigh in little over a week as the clock ticks down the by-election on February 28. Today he visited the home of Hampshire cricket - the Ageas Bowl in Eastleigh - to show his support for the party candidate.

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