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Nick Clegg issues gloomy New Year missive

By Sam Lister

Next year poses "many great challenges" for everyone in Britain, Nick Clegg has warned in a gloomy New Year message.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the UK had been "pulled back from the brink" but the "economic rescue mission" remained the coalition's number one priority.

In a video message to Liberal Democrat activists, he insisted the actions being taken as part of a power-sharing Government were "not easy" but were right.

And, in an attempt to rally the grassroots, he claimed it was the Lib Dems who had ensured the Government was helping people get through the tough times.

"We have had to make some very difficult decisions.

"But they've been the right ones for the long-term good of our country," he said.

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