Who do you want as next Lib Dem leader? Vote in Express.co.uk poll

Posted on Jul 22 2019 - 1:02pm by admin

Express.co.uk is asking you who you want to replace Mr Cable as the leader of the Lib Dems. Mr Cable announced he would be stepping down as party leader on 24 May 2019. The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly stated their Brexit stance is to Remain in the EU.

On May 24, the day after the UK took to the polls in the European elections, the Liberal Democrat leadership election formally began.

Originally there were several candidates discussed as potential leadership candidates including Tom Brake, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb, Christine Jardine and Layla Moran.

But they declined to stand, leaving just Ed Davey and Jo Swinson as the main contenders to take over the remain-backing party.

Deputy party leader Jo Swinson and former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Sir Davey faced a series of hustings, as party members choose a winner.

The results of the postal ballot will be announced at 4pm today.

In order to secure victory, candidates need to be an MP, have support from 10 percent of the party’s 11 MPs and 200 members from at least 20 local parties.

But who do you want to win the Lib Dem leadership?

Ed Davey

Ed Davey is MP for Kingston and Surbiton, and has been between 1997 and 2015 and then again from 2017.

Mr Davey is also home affairs spokesman and has been since 2017.

Mr Davey is endorsed by several peers, MEPs and former MPs, including William Wallace, Caroline Voaden and Chris Davies.

He was first elected into the House of Commons in 1997 when he defeated Richard Tracey, the sitting Conservative MP for the former constituency of Surbiton.

Jo Swinson

Ms Swinson is the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and is leading the Lib Dems in the People’s Vote campaign.

She joined the party at the age of 17 and by 25 was the youngest member of the House of Commons, having become the first ever Liberal Democrat to represent East Dunbartonshire, her home constituency.

She lost her seat in 2015 and went on to set up her own business and write a book before regaining her seat in Parliament in 2017

She strongly advocates that the Economy must work for the planet and people.

She has worked for environmental initiatives and has taken to the streets with Extinction Rebellion in London.

She was Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills during the coalition government.

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