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Vince Cable to step down in July.

May 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Party Leader, Sir Vince to step down on July 23rd.

Vince Cable twitter page VC with LDs in Felixstowe ()Sir Vince with our Felixstowe Branch last year

In his message to party members today after the polls for the EU Parliamentary elections closed, Vince Cable announced that he would be stepping down as Party Leader in July.

Thanking the party volunteers and supporters for their work over two elections he said, "Our campaigning over the last three years has kept the cause of remaining in the European Union alive, and I now believe we have a strong chance of stopping Brexit. When the votes are counted on Sunday, I expect us to do well. Our long and proud tradition of success in local government was revived this month by the best local election results in our party's history. In the last two years, we have gained 780 more council seats and 15 new councils. Membership is at record levels with a strengthening base of supporters amongst students and young people.

I said earlier this year that the time would soon come to hand over the leadership of the party to a new generation. That process begins today: I will be proud to hand over a bigger, stronger party on July 23rd.

If you have friends who would want to vote in the election to choose my successor, urge them to join by Friday 7th June (www.libdems.org.uk/ask-to-join). Every new member can help shape our future.

There are major challenges ahead. One is to win, finally, the battle to stop Brexit. Our campaigning has given hope; now we need to secure a referendum in Parliament, and then win it.

If you have friends who would want to vote in the election to choose my successor, urge them to join by Friday 7th June (www.libdems.org.uk/ask-to-join). Every new member can help shape our future.

There are major challenges ahead. One is to win, finally, the battle to stop Brexit. Our campaigning has given hope; now we need to secure a referendum in Parliament, and then win it.

Another is the opportunity created by the conflict and decay within the two main parties to build a powerful, liberal, green, and social democratic force in the centre ground of British politics. We are now in an excellent position to lead such a movement.

As we do so, I am confident that we will regain ground at Westminster, with a big group of MPs and real influence on the national stage.

Thank you, as ever, for all that you do for the Liberal Democrats.

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