This is really a commercial for his keynote speech at Conference, with links to it on You Tube and to a text copy. It’s not the best title in the world. I might have preferred to highlight the new policy of free school meals for the first three years, myself. That’s not even mentioned. However, we don’t know if that’s it for this week, or whether there will be another at the weekend.
Over the last few days, we’ve showcased what we’ve achieved in Coalition and we’ve demonstrated that we can make the tough decisions required in Government. But crucially, that we do so in a way that is fairer than the Conservatives would if they were governing by themselves.
And whether you were voting in the main hall or catching updates at home, there has been a fundamental shift in how our party is perceived.
We’re finally starting to get recognition for the decision we, as a party, took by going into Government. Especially at a time when the economy had suffered the biggest crash in 80 years and Labour had left us with no money to clean up the mess.
The last three years haven’t been easy, with the vitriol of our opponents and the difficult headlines.
But all those insults were worth it.
Because we’re starting to turn things around. We are seeing the first signs of economic recovery, a recovery that wouldn’t be happening without us.
There’s still a long way to go and over the next two years Liberal Democrats will focus unrelentingly on creating jobs and sustainable growth.
As I said in my speech this afternoon, we can’t trust either of the other parties to get it right by themselves. I have spent my entire life watching the other two mess it up. We cannot stand idly by and let them do it all over again.
Only the Liberal Democrats can finish the job of restoring the economy, and finish it fairly.
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