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The final televised Leaders' debate - the opening and closing statements

April 29, 2010 10:15 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg's opening statement

In his opening statement at the final leaders' debate, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:

"Tonight's debate is about you - about your job, the taxes you pay, your family, the prosperity of our country.

"We need to do things differently to build a new, stronger, fairer economy.

"The way they got us into this mess is not the way out.

"So we need to be frank about where cuts are needed - so that we can protect things like schools and hospitals.

"We need to break up our banking system so that irresponsible bankers can never again put your businesses and your savings at risk.

"We have to rediscover our passion for innovation, for building things, not just placing bets on the money markets.

"We need fairer taxes, so that you don't pay any income tax on your first £10,000.

"Of course, they'll tell you tonight that these things can't be done.

"But I think we've got to do things differently - to deliver the fairness, the prosperity, the jobs which you and your families deserve."

Nick Clegg's closing statement

In his closing statement at the final leaders' debate, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:

"Everything I've said during these three television debates is driven by my simple belief that if we do things differently this time, we can create a fairer, better Britain.

"As you decide how to cast your vote, of course you'll be told by these two, that real change is dangerous, that it can't be done.

"Don't let anyone scare you from following your instincts.

"Together next week we can change Britain for good.

"Just think how many times you've been given lots of promises by these two old parties - only to discover when they get into Government that nothing really changes.

"We can do so much better than that this time.

"Of course I can't guarantee that every problem you face will be solved overnight.

"But I can guarantee that I will work tirelessly to deliver greater fairness for you.

"Fairer taxes, so that you pay less but people at the top pay their fair share.

"A fair start, smaller class sizes, for your children.

"A different approach to the economy.

"And open, decent politics which you can trust once again.

"I believe all this can happen.

"This is your election. This is your country.

"When you go to vote next week, choose the future you really want.

"If you believe like I do that we can do things differently this time, then together we will really change Britain.

"Don't let anyone tell you it can't happen. It can.

"This time, you can make the difference."