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The Deputy Prime Minister today (9 December 2013) signed the book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House.
Nick Clegg wrote:
I never met Nelson Mandela, but like so many millions of people, I still feel the world is that much emptier after his death. He spoke to the people of South Africa and the world with a message of humanity, dignity and truth. The greatest tribute we can pay to his legacy is to fight for the human rights he championed.
Following the announcement of Nelson Mandela’s death the Deputy Prime Minister said:
Our thoughts go out to the people of South Africa who will be left heartbroken by this sad news.
Every so often history produces an individual whose message is universal, and Nelson Mandela will be mourned and missed on every continent around the globe. The hope he offered was enough to unite races; it bridged cultures and transcended generations; and it could heal the deepest divides.
That hope must now live on. Nelson Mandela’s legacy will continue to burn brightly, there is little doubt about that. But our greatest tribute to him will be our commitment to equality, humanity and peace - the values for which he very literally put his life on the line.
The Deputy Prime Minister later gave a speech in the House of Commons during a special session paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.