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West Midlands Hustings to select a new Lib Dem leader

July 3, 2019 5:24 AM
By Bryan Lewis
Originally published by City of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats

The final husting to select a new Lib Dem leader was held in Stratford upon Avon on Saturday 29th June and Wolverhampton members were there in force amongst a very large number of West Midlands members.

well attended hustings

The hall was packed for the hustings

The two candidates gave well-polished opening speeches but even when answering questions from the floor they were so articulate you might think they had seen the questions in advance - which they hadn't. Jo Swinson is an enthusiast for creating a cross-party Remainer alliance whereas Ed Davey prefers to promote the Lib Dems as the principal anti-Brexit party.

Ed Davey

Ed Davey

Ed Davey stressed his environmental credentials and has served as Secretary of State for energy and climate change. He has a radical plan to decarbonise capitalism which would make the UK the world's leading green economy and the Lib Dems the real green party. Ed also said he wanted to make the party more representative of the country as a whole by making greater contact with minority groups as he has done in his own constituency. Ed wants to rebuild the party's local government base and give greater emphasis to local council campaigning.

Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson too has had government experience serving as a business minister and started campaigning at the age of nine. She has had a lot of experience representing the Party on TV and radio and has plans for the Party to make greater use of technology in communicating with members and the public and for campaigning in general. She promises to prioritise building an economy that puts people and the planet first. Jo added that we must do whatever it takes to stop Brexit because failing would be too high a price to pay for generations to come.

Ballot papers (online or in some cases by post) will go out in the first week of July and the result will be known at the end of the month.