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!