Nick Clegg at Reuters: the highlights #askclegg

Nick Clegg received hundreds of questions yesterday during his “Ask Clegg” event with Reuters. It was an online version of the Lib Dem leader’s Town Hall meetings, where members of the public were invited to ask Nick any question they liked.

These were received in a variety of ways, including via the Reuters website, on Twitter and even from Christian Payne (aka @Documentally) in the back of a London cab:

Lynne Featherstone was fielding questions from Lib Dem grassroots members, from the HQ at Cowley St, and has written about it on her blog. Jo Swinson was interviewed on her use of social media in politics.

You can see photos from the day and there’s even a caricature by Matt Buck.

Looking forward to getting the on-demand version of the videos, and when those are ready I’ll post them here.

The verdict overall was that Nick answered a good variety of questions, if in a little too much detail for the genre and sheer number of questions submitted. Many of those who’d put questions via Twitter also tweeted afterwards that they were pleased with the answers, and the hashtag #askclegg was trending in third place yesterday lunchtime.

An interesting experiment, another way to engage with voters, and worth doing again in the future.

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