Interim Lib Dem leader launches campaign for permanent position
The interim leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, has officially launched his campaign to take on the role permanently.
Sir Ed, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, has been serving as interim leader since Jo Swinson’s resignation following a poor performance in the 2019 general election.
That election was fought on a promise to stop Brexit completely and did not go down well with voters, after the party secured a mere 11 seats under Swinson’s leadership.
Sir Ed launched his campaign on a promise to create a “liberal, greener and more caring society” and create a better Britain for carers.
He said: "A caring revolution starts by properly recognising the unpaid work so many do by looking after loved ones - and a citizens' basic income could do just that.”
Sir Ed, who previously lost to Swinson in a bid to become leader, will be challenged this time by Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran, and Bath MP Wera Hobhouse.
The Lib Dem leadership contest is due to take place in the summer, after being pushed back due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Nominations will be open from June 24 to July 9, with the party members’ ballot open from July 30 to August 26.
The candidates’ hustings will be carried out remotely, while the party’s annual conference is also set to be done virtually in September.