Lib Dems set out timetable to elect next leader
The Liberal Democrats have today agreed the timetable to elect the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.
At a meeting today of the party’s Federal Board in London, the party agreed to open nominations for candidates on the 11th of May and close them on the 28th of May.
The ballot will then open on the 18th of June and close on the 15th of July, after which the party will announce the next leader.
In the meantime, Ed Davey MP and Party President Mark Pack will continue as joint acting leaders of the Liberal Democrats.
Speaking after the meeting, Liberal Democrat Party President Mark Pack said:
“I want first to thank Jo Swinson for her determined leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
"The Liberal Democrats are the home for everyone who shares our vision of an outward-looking, caring country that celebrates diversity and benefits from high-quality public services.
“With our party membership at record levels, I urge everyone else who shares our values to join us in the coming days and vote in the leadership election.”
Thanks to everybody who voted Liberal Democrat in the General Election. While we came second, we were heartened by the response in Tunbridge Wells. We hope that we will continue to be able to ensure that liberal voices are heard in Tunbridge Wells and beyond.
A big thank you to our candidate, Ben Chapelard, who took unpaid leave from his work as an Assistant Headteacher to work as our parliamentary candidate. He received a positive welcome on many doorsteps and in schools, charities, businesses Tu and community groups throughout the consistituency.
Have a very happy Channukah, Festivus, Christmas, Kawanzaa and New Year (or whatever else you would like to celebrate)!
Tunbridge Wells Lib Dems welcome Unite to Remain agreement
Local Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of the Green Party to stand aside at this election.
Local Lib Dem candidate Ben Chapelard said “We thank the Green Party for this brave decision. Brexit is a national crisis. This groundbreaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain supporting MPs in the next Parliament. We also thank all the candidates who have generously agreed to stand aside in other seats affected by the Unite to Remain arrangements.”
“It is deeply disappointing that Labour Remainers would not step up too, but they failed the test on backing a People’s Vote and they failed the test to build a new Remain Parliament. They are still the Brexit party.”
“The people of Tunbridge Wells deserve a strong voice in Parliament, to stop Brexit and fight for a brighter future for Britain. The Liberal Democrats are the only Party who can deliver that brighter future for our area at this election.”