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Ed Davey is the New Leader of the Liberal Democrats!

August 27, 2020 3:05 PM

Ed Davey - new leaderThe new leader of the Liberal Democrats is Ed Davey. He was elected with 65.5% of the vote, with Layla Moran winning 35.5%.

In his first speech as leader after the result was announced earlier today, Ed Davey said: "To members of the Liberal Democrats, thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the honour of leading a party I joined 30 years ago."

He closed his speech by talking about the extraordinary time we live in and the huge challenge of coronavirus, saying:

"As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, I want to reach out to help you and your community get through this.

Whether your concerns are your families' health, your children's education or your livelihood.

I want to understand the new future you want after all this - and help to deliver it.

So my job from today is to rebuild the Liberal Democrats to national relevance so we can deliver this future for you, for your family and for the people who need it the most.

None of this is going to be easy.

None of this is going to be straightforward.

And none of it is going to be quick or simple to achieve.

But I want the Liberal Democrats to represent the whole country, not just some people, and to stand for fairness and opportunity for all.

That is my commitment to you as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The hard work starts today."

You can read the speech in full here