Anti-cuts protesters stage street party outside Nick Clegg's homeReported by Metro.co.uk on Saturday, 26 May 2012 (on May 26, 2012)
*Hundreds of anti-cuts protesters have staged a 'street party' demonstration outside Nick Clegg's London house.*
UK Uncut organised the peaceful anti-austerity protest in Putney, which the deputy prime minister missed as he was not at home.
Activists enjoyed a peaceful protest at Nick Clegg's home (AFP/Getty Images)
Disabled activists used their wheelchairs to block the ends of the leafy residential street, before around 400 people joined them for the party.
The campaigners later voted to leave at 6pm so that the Liberal Democrat leader's neighbours could get on with their lives.
Police described the event as 'good-natured' and there were no arrests.
UK Uncut supporter Jean Sandler explained why the group had changed its tactics, having previously focused on drawing attention to companies it believes use large-scale tax avoidance tactics.
'Nick Clegg is one of the architects of austerity; he's a millionaire and lives in a million pound home,' she said.
'The cuts are a political choice of this government and the Cabinet of out of touch millionaires, they are not necessary.
'These cruel cuts are designed to destroy our public services, the NHS, the welfare state and our future. The cuts are getting personal and so are our protests.'
Simon Hope, who attended the street party with his four-year-old daughter, said the event was a response to what he described as the government's efforts to use the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as a 'national sedative' to distract people from the public spending cuts.
'It's brilliant that the party is on Nick Clegg's road because he and the rest of the government are not listening to us, our petitions, our vigils or our marches. Today is a wake-up call,' he added.
A spokesman for Mr Clegg said he respected people's rights to stage peaceful protests.
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