Vince Cable: And I therefore declare that Nick Clegg is elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats. 2008 will be a momentous year for the Liberal Democrats. We have before us an unparalleled opportunity. We can reach out to the millions of voters who share our values and want to make Britain a better place. Putting British families back in control of their everyday lives. In control of their time, not fighting to make space for familiy life between the demands of work and the burden of bills. In control of what their children are exposed to, not constantly struggling to protect toddlers from the influence of TV advertising. In control of their own privacy, not forced to submit personal information to a massive government identity database. Giving power and responsibilities back to families – of every shape and size and of every background – is the only way to make sure everyone has a fair chance in life. We need investment in education so every child gets the best start. I will campaign relentlessly for the “pupil premium” giving the poorest children more money, up to the same level as children in the fee-paying sector. We need to cut taxes for low and middle income families and reform tax credits so that no family is ever again plunged into debt by crippling repayments enforced by an incompetent government bureaucracy. We all know the Conservatives don’t have the answers. They would block opportunity, not promote it. The Liberal Democrats are different. Under my leadership, we will campaign for opportunity for everyone, with people, families, and communities in control of their destinies. So we will campaign for flexible working, shared parental leave, and flexible benefits for all families. We will campaign for sensible restrictions on advertising aimed at toddlers. Protecting very young children from unwanted commercial intrusion into their lives is part of the same instinct as wishing to protect the privacy of adults from unwanted state intrusion into their lives. The Identity Card scheme must be stopped. The child benefit and learner driver data scandals mean there is a looming crisis of public confidence in the government’s capacity to look after our personal data. So let 2008 be the year we bring down the Identity Cards scheme. I urge you to join with me to make this happen: so we can truly give British families control over their own lives. Together, we can make Britain the liberal country the British people want it to be.