Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn both staked out their ground as strong political leaders in their New Year messages.
Mr Corbyn said he is leading a ‘government in waiting’, while the Prime Minister said she was making progress on the Brexit negotiations.
Mrs May said that although Brexit was ‘crucial’, it was ‘not the limit of our ambitions’.
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, the Prime Minister said she hopes Britons will feel ‘renewed confidence and pride’ during the challenging Brexit negotiations.
After a difficult year which saw her decision to call a snap election backfire spectacularly, three scandal-hit Cabinet ministers forced to resign and continued unrest within Tory ranks over Europe, Mrs May acknowledged that ‘any year brings its challenges’.
She added: ‘That is true for each of us personally, as much as for our country and the world.
‘But the real test is not whether challenges come, it’s how you face them.
‘Whether you allow a task to overcome you, or tackle it head on with purpose and resolve.’
Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn said the prospect of a ‘new Britain’ was ‘closer than ever before’.
After a dramatic 2017 which saw Labour defy predictions of a landslide defeat at a general election, the Labour leader vowed to use 2018 to help people ‘fulfil their hopes’.
‘Ours is a fantastic country full of wonderful, caring and talented people with the hope of a great future ahead of us, where we all share in the wealth we create,’ he said.
‘But we are being held back by a self-serving elite who look after themselves and their friends, and a failed system which delivers staggering wealth at the top while more and more people struggle to simply make ends meet.’
He said the snap election showed ‘the establishment’s secret is out’ as he declared ‘they’re not as strong as they appear’.
Mr Corbyn said Labour are ‘staking out the new centre ground in British politics’.
He added: ‘We are a government in waiting, while the Conservatives are weak and divided and stuck in an outdated rut with no new ideas.’
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