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Redcar Lib Dem candidate: Nick Clegg visit may be a 'double-edged sword'

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Redcar has swiftly changed his stance after exclusively telling ITV News Tyne Tees that he's not convinced a visit by Nick Clegg to the constituency 'would do him any favours'.

Josh Mason told our Political Correspondent Paul Brand that the Deputy Prime Minister wasn't the 'most popular politician' and that a visit may be a 'double-edged sword':

Shortly afterwards, Mr Mason issued this statement:

Nick has shown real guts as our party leader and is someone I admire and respect…

...I have no doubt that if Nick now came to Redcar and met all the people who have benefitted from having the Liberal Democrats in government he would be well received."

– Josh Mason, Redcar Liberal Democrat candidate

Reacting to Mr. Mason's comments Nick Clegg said, "At the end of the day, I am not going to duck the fact that five years in government has it's controversies":

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'They are desperately missed still': Newcastle University lead tributes to students killed in Borneo

Tributes have been paid to the two Newcastle University medical students who were murdered in Borneo last year.

Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death in a bar in Kuching in the state of Sarawak.

Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right).

Aidan and Neil's families have welcomed the verdict and Newcastle University Professor Jane Calvert has led tributes to the young men:

Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian court after being convicted of killing the students.

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