Liberal Democrats to name new leader in July

Published by Scott Challinor on January 20th 2020, 9:30am

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will name their new party leader by mid-July this year, after Jo Swinson stepped down in December.

The former party leader tendered her resignation after losing her East Dunbartonshire seat to the SNP’s Amy Callaghan at December’s general election.

Nominations for candidates open on May 11 and will close on May 28. The final ballot, open to the party’s wider membership, will then commence on June 18 and run until July 15.

Sir Ed Davey and Mark Pack are to continue serving as joint acting leaders until the leadership contest has ended.

Paying tribute to former leader, Jo Swinson, 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."

Pack went on to urge the party's over 100,000 strong membership to ensure their voices are heard by voting for their favoured candidate in the upcoming leadership contest.

He said: "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."

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January 20th 2020, 9:30am

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