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Simon Hughes comments on the election of Ed Miliband

September 25, 2010 7:01 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Simon Hughes comments on the election of Ed Miliband as the new Labour Leader

Commenting on the election of the new Labour Leader, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes said:

"I want warmly to congratulate Ed Miliband on becoming the new Labour leader.

"It is good to hear that he intends to practise a new politics of working across party boundaries in the national interest.

"The country has a tough time ahead and it will be vital that he wakes up to the challenge that Britain faces. As leader he must recognise that his party can no longer remain head-in-the sand deficit deniers.

"Much has to be done. We have to restore Britain's reputation around the world, which was broken by a foreign policy under Tony Blair. And we must restore our economy, broken by the boom and bust of Gordon Brown.

"I also hope he will work to help clean up politics, end vested interests and as a leader elected by the alternative vote, I call on him to support the cross-party campaign for a fairer voting system from now until the referendum next May."