Liberal Democrats in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington have been quick to add their congratulations to those of party leader Nick Clegg MP on the historic victory of Senator Barack Obama in the US Presidential election - the first ever African-American to win the White House.
"British voters may not have been able to vote in this election, but its outcome is vital to our future," said Nick Clegg, referring to the United States presidential election.
He continued, commenting on the challenges facing the world; "Climate change, the global economy, and threats to our collective security now demand a radical new approach by Barack Obama, leaving the Bush era firmly behind. The world will not succeed in this era of globalisation without the leadership of the new American President."
In conclusion, Clegg said, "The weight of peoples' hopes and expectations on Barack Obama is immense."