New Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg promises to speak for people of Birmingham

The new Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, today promised to give a voice to the people of Birmingham who feel ignored by politicians.

Setting out his priorities after being elected as party leader on December 18th, Nick Clegg said:

"I am greatly honoured to have been chosen by my fellow party members to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

"Liberal Democrats are already working hard to reach out to local people and listen to their concerns. In my leadership I will be taking that spirit forward, moving beyond party politics and making liberalism connect with the millions of people who share our values.

"Labour and the Conservatives have failed Britain's families. I will lead my party to change politics, and change Britain, for the better. Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to giving people a greater say in the decisions that affect their lives, by shifting power away from Westminster and back to local communities.

"I will fight for a fair deal for Britain's families, campaign tirelessly to cut crime, and improve our NHS so it delivers the care people need."

Commenting on Nick Clegg's election, Paul Tilsley, Leader of the Lib Dem Council Group in Birmingham, said:

"Nick Clegg is going to be a great leader. The time has come for a politician who will speak up for real people and local communities - like ours in Birmingham."