Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “5 good reasons to get out and campaign for the Lib Dems”

‘Only Liberal Democrats fight for a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.’ You might have heard that one before. You’ll hear it again in Nick’s message below. And in every speech between now and the next general election. Lib Dem supporters are bound to get sick of hearing it; let’s hope so, because then there’s just a chance it’ll have been heard even once by most voters.

It’s been a good week for Nick, as his ‘5 things’ message emphasises: the ‘snoopers charter’ has been torpedoed; the economy is growing again; crime is falling; income tax for the low-paid is being cut again; and the Green Investment Bank has issued its first guarantee. Those aren’t bad headlines ahead of this Thursday’s local elections in England. Read all about them below…

libdem letter from nick clegg

Five good reasons to get out and campaign for the Liberal Democrats this weekend, and support us in Thursday’s local elections.

1. We have cancelled plans for a law which would have kept records of all the websites you visit and all the people you communicate with on social media sites – the so-called snooper’s charter. The proposals were an infringement of our privacy that wouldn’t have worked to make us safer, so we said no.

2. This week’s GDP figures showed the economy is starting, slowly, to get stronger, as we steadily bring borrowing under control and build confidence in Britain again. Liberal Democrats in government have focused on creating jobs and opportunities, especially for young people, and our commitment to a stronger economy is pointing us in the right direction.

3. Crime is falling – again. It’s one of the untold stories of this government, but crime is lower than at any time since 1981. Of course, many factors affect crime rates but I firmly believe our drive on rehabilitation and treatment in prison and in the community is paying dividends.

4. Payday comes this week for millions – the first pay cheque to benefit from our £600 tax cut. Everyone who was affected by Gordon Brown’s 10p tax fiasco now pays no tax at all on their wages.

5. The Green Investment Bank issued its first guarantee this week, enabling the conversion of Drax coal-fired power station to biomass, cutting carbon, creating jobs and shifting us to a cleaner, stronger economy.

And of course, our councillors are, quite frankly, better than the others!

Look at the record of Labour and Conservative councils and you’ll find shocking stories of waste and inefficiency while services local people rely on are cut. One fact is illustrative: no Lib Dem council has closed a library this year, only councils run by the other parties.

This week has shown once again that our party is essential in politics. The Conservatives can’t be trusted to deliver a fair society. And Labour can’t be trusted to build a stronger economy. Neither stands up for the liberty of our citizens. Only Liberal Democrats fight for a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

So whether you’ve never knocked on a door before or you’ve got callouses on your knuckles from a lifetime of campaigning: get out there and help us win. If we don’t let people know the good news, no-one will.

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* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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  • 1. Excellent. I guess Clegg didn’t feel strong enough to defy his party on this one.

    2. Nonsense. Deficit reduction has stalled. Growth is anaemic. On every economic measure that the Coalition set itself it has failed abysmally.

    3. Crime has been falling across the western world for 20 years and it doesn’t seem to have much if anything to do with government policy.

    4. The universal credit taper will wipe out most of the gains of the tax cut for the working poor. Taken in the round Coalition policies are highly regressive. I am relatively affluent and i’m getting a substantial tax cut that i don’t need while the bottom 30% are getting hammered over and over gain. I feel ashamed to have voted Lib Dem.

    5. Good.

    I make that 2 good reasons and 3 bogus.

  • Of course our councillors are better than the others.

    So why has he allowed Pickles to cut the grants to local councils by so much, making their job almost impossible?
    How has he managed to lose us so many councillors, and
    What is he going to do about it?

  • “6. We’ve also helped to bring back forced, unpaid work,
    poverty and destitution
    and starvation too!

    And if that doesn’t motivate you, I dont know what will!”

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