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Watch again: Nick Clegg Leaders Debate Opening Statement

April 22, 2010 8:07 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

You can watch the opening statements from the second Leaders' Debate here.

The text is below:

I am so proud of the values that have made our country great. Human rights. Democracy. The rule of law.

But the sad truth is that in recent years our Governments, under the two old parties, have let those values down.

We shouldn't have sent our troops into harm's way without the right equipment and decent pay.

We shouldn't be facing allegations that we were complicit in torture.

We shouldn't have invaded Iraq.

I want us to lead in the world.

I want us to lead in Europe, not just complain from the sidelines.

I want us to lead in creating a world free of nuclear weapons.

And I want us to lead on the greatest challenge we all face, climate change.

My family knows what British values really mean.

My mother was freed by British troops from a prisoner of war camp.

If we do things differently we can once again be proud of the great role we can play as a force for good in the world.