Ed Davey has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, won the leadershipelection this morning, receiving 42,756 votes.
In his acceptance speech he announced his plans to begin rebuilding the party to national relevance and launched a national listening project, stating that for the Party "it is time to start listening".
Speaking at the declaration, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"I'm determined our Party backs a Britain that works with other countries across the world for peace and prosperity. But it is my love of our party that makes me recognise that we have to change.
"We have to wake up and smell the coffee. Nationally, our party has lost touch with too many voters.
"Yes, we are powerful advocates locally. Our campaigners listen to local people, work hard for communities and deliver results.
"But at the national level, we have to face the facts of three disappointing general election results.
"Nationally, voters have been sending us a message. But we have not been listening.
"It is time for us to start listening. As leader I am telling you: I have got that message. I am listening now."
Coventry Liberal Democrats today said a vote for their party will help stop Brexit, delivering a "remain bonus" that could transform local public services and boost the economy.
Speaking as they launched their local campaign, candidates Stephen Richmond, Nukey Proctor and Greg Judge said the Lib Dems are the biggest, strongest remain party in Coventry - and the only major party campaigning to stop Brexit.
Thousands of EU nationals living in Coventry have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures have revealed. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in "legal limbo" and throwing people's lives into uncertainty.
Of the 15,940 EU nationals across Coventry who have applied for permanent residency, only 6,830 - fewer than half - have been offered settled status. 5,810 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Another 3,250 EU nationals living in Coventry have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.
Coventry Liberal Democrats today said every vote for a Lib Dem MP is a vote to stop Brexit as the party confirmed their parliamentary candidates in each Coventry constituency.
With a UK general election widely expected to be called within weeks, Stephen Richmond will stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Coventry South, Nukey Proctor in Coventry North East and Greg Judge in Coventry North West.
The Liberal Democrats saw our vote share more than double in the Wainbody ward by-election, where a competitive campaign resulted in an increase of +16% from May 2018.
The significant surge in voters represents the huge strides taken by the Liberal Democrats in Coventry in recent months and comes off the back of vote increases at both the May 2019 Local Elections and European Elections.
I was pleased to see so many people turn up to the launch of my campaign to be the next Councillor for Wainbody.
The by-election is being held on 5th September and I will be campaigning on local issues including the proposal to build houses on the beautiful Kings Hill area and issues with Warwick University expansion.
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