Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, said today:
"Diwali is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the past year, and to look forward to and plan for the future with renewed optimism.
"Many people in Britain and across the world will in the coming days gather with family and friends to give thanks, to contemplate and to celebrate. As candles glow in people’s homes, we will be reminded of the story of Rama and Sita—and the potential for hope and compassion to triumph over fear.
"As we celebrate this festival of lights, I would like to offer my best wishes for a peaceful and happy Diwali."