South Yorkshire MP calls for year of stability

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg appearing on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show at the BBC studio in Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Nick Clegg has indicated he would block Home Secretary Theresa May's �3,000 visa security bond scheme if it was applied in an "indiscriminate way". See PA story LIBDEMS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg appearing on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show at the BBC studio in Glasgow, Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Nick Clegg has indicated he would block Home Secretary Theresa May's �3,000 visa security bond scheme if it was applied in an "indiscriminate way". See PA story LIBDEMS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is hoping for a ‘year of stability’ in 2014.

The Liberal Democrat member for Sheffield Hallam aired his hopes in a New Year message.

He said: “Every year, party leaders do this kind of New Year’s message and every year party leaders try and come up with a reason why the next 12 months will be more important, or significant, or eventful than the last. Some kind of exciting, breathless prediction. But not this year. Not from me.

“After a long period of drama and upheaval in the economy, how about a year of stability rather than surprises? More steady-as-she-goes than spectacular-highs-and-lows.

“Finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The economy’s growing. Businesses are hiring. 30 million people are now in work – that’s a record high. So how about we make 2014 about one thing and one thing only – locking in our recovery.

“The people of Britain have already sacrificed an extraordinary amount.

“The coalition is trying to help in every way we can: cutting income tax, freezing petrol prices, providing free school meals for young children. But, ultimately, we’ll only take the pressure off for good by building a stronger economy.”