By Max Clarke
After a hard-fought by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth, the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg, pays tribute to the hard work of the Liberal Democrat candidate, Elwyn Watkins, and his team.
Commenting on the result, Nick Clegg said:
“This was a very hard-fought contest but we were not able to gain this Labour seat on this occasion. I’d like to pay tribute to our superb candidate, Elwyn Watkins, and his team up in Oldham who have run an exceptional campaign.
“I am proud of each and every one of the hundreds of activists and volunteers who have brought the fight to Labour’s front door in a way that will have confounded our critics.
“It was always going to be a big ask to take this seat from Labour, given the circumstances. We are undertaking some enormously difficult decisions because Labour left Britain’s economy in a mess and we are now forced to clean up after them.
“By 2015, I hope that the people of Oldham and Saddleworth will see, like everyone else in the country, that the difficult choices we made were the right ones and that Britain is in better shape than when we entered Government.”