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Nelson Mandela

December 7, 2013 2:44 PM
By Nick Clegg
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

A very sad week. I never met Nelson Mandela but, like many of you, I've also never known the world without him in it. This weekend it feels like an emptier place.

I was having dinner with Ming and Paddy when Paddy saw the news on his phone and broke it to us. Here's the statement I issued on the party's behalf.

I don't normally encourage you to tune into parliament, but on Monday MPs will fill the Common's benches to pay our respects and show solidarity with the people of South Africa. I'll be working on my statement over the weekend and I'll make it clear, from all of us, that the Liberal Democrats will continue to strive for peace, equality and dignity around the world.

These are the values Nelson Mandela gave everything for. Fighting for them is how we keep his memory alive.