Politicians' New Year messages

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband will both issue video messages today outlining their vision and priorities for 2013.

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Ed Miliband focuses on One Nation in New Year message

Ed Miliband will also release a message today for the New Year.

The Labour leader will release a video message on his vision for his party. In it he will say:

  • In 2013 Labour will build on the principles of One Nation that he set out last year with steps on policy areas such as welfare, business and education.
  • That the country needs to reward people at the top with a One Nation approach of helping the forgotten wealth creators of hard-working families and small businesses.
  • That we can only build One Nation if we have responsibility at every level of society with corporations paying their fair share of tax, governments helping ensure jobs are available and those that can work recognising that they must work.

Nick Clegg's New Year's message for Liberal Democrats

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will send a New Year’s message to Liberal Democrat members today. Here is an excerpt of what he will say:

What I can tell you is that, whatever 2013 throws at us, the Liberal Democrats will continue to anchor this Coalition in the centre ground and we will hold firm to our key purpose in this government: the Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy, in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

Over the holidays people want a break from politics as much as from work – I know that. But as you look to the year ahead, you also deserve the reassurance that your government has a plan to steer the country onto better times - and that we’re going to stick to it.

So I want you to hear it from me, on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, that this Coalition Government is not going to lurch one way or the next.

We will stay the course on the deficit. We will cut income tax bills and help with childcare bills. We will invest in boosting jobs and we’ll reform welfare to get people into work.

A stronger economy – a fairer society, where everyone can get on. That’s what we’re about. That’s what I want 2013 to be about.

And, however you usher it in, I hope you have a fantastic time. Happy New Year!

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister


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