Nick Clegg tells Lib Dems: 'Don't lose your nerve'
Wednesday 28 December 2011
Nick Clegg today urges Liberal Democrat activists to hold their nerve, insisting he is taking tough decisions in government that will ultimately make Britain a better place. "What we're doing as a party and as a coalition – it's not easy, but it's right," he says in a New Year message to party members.
"We are putting the interests of the country first and we have taken the first steps towards building a fairer, greener and more liberal country."
His words come after a traumatic year for the Liberal Democrats, during which they lost the referendum on the Alternative Vote and saw their poll ratings tumble. A deep Coalition rift also opened when David Cameron became the first British Prime Minister to veto a European Union treaty.
In his message, Mr Clegg says completing an "economic rescue mission" remains the top priority.
He points to moves to lift the low-paid out of income tax, give extra help to children from poorer homes and ensure a "decent" rise in pensions and promises initiatives to create "green" jobs, and encourage growth in the regions.
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