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Nick Clegg not worried by Boris Johnson's impending visit to Eastleigh in by-election race
Nick Clegg has defended his decision to spend time in Mozambique ahead of Eastleigh's crucial by-election.
The Deputy Prime Minister has travelled to the African country as part of the Government's work with the G8.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister David Cameron visited Eastleigh this morning, just a day after Chancellor George Osborne took a tour around the constituency in support of Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings.
Mr Clegg was asked on a London radio station this morning if he was worried that he should be in Eastleigh as well.
He responded by saying he had already been out campaigning in the constituency, and would be returning again shortly.
He added: “I don't think anyone can accuse me of being a slouch when it comes to campaigning for my party, for excellent candidates and above all, frankly, for the people of Eastleigh who deserve to have someone represent them at Westminster.
“I don't think it's healthy for a constituency to go unrepresented for too long.”
Mr Clegg was also asked if he was worried about an upcoming visit by Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson.
He said: “I think people will be genuinely more moved by which party they think stands up for jobs, for fair taxes, for green spaces than they will by Boris passing through for a fleeting minute or two on his bike.”
The by-election in Eastleigh has been triggered by the resignation of Chris Huhne, who has pleaded guilty perverting the course of justice, after asking his wife to take speeding points on his behalf.
The vote takes place on Thursday, February 28.