I received this letter form Nick Clegg via e-mail yesterday. Thought it would be good to share it with you.
Yesterday saw the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend and I was able to invite a small number of people to join me. Because they are the people that make our country what it is I asked members of our armed forces, charity workers and unsung heroes of last year’s riots as my guests. You can read more about my guests here.
As I said to the Team GB athletes earlier this week, these Games belong to everyone. That is why at the other events I’ll be attending I’ll be going with inspiring people I’ve met when I’ve been travelling across the UK – teachers, nurses, apprentices and young entrepreneurs.
It is a great moment to be able to welcome representatives from 204 nations from every corner of the globe. These Games give us a unique chance to reach out to different leaders and people – yesterday I met, among others, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and the President of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara. Earlier in the week I also took the chance to reassure Mitt Romney that these will undoubtedly be the greatest Olympics ever.
I know Team GB will do all they can to deliver fantastic results for us and I for one am looking forward to seeing a new generation of Olympic heroes in action on home-soil. I’ll certainly be cheering on Sheffield’s finest, Jessica Ennis, as she goes for Gold in the Heptathlon.
I hope you have an enjoyable and exciting fortnight watching the Games.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister