Last night, Sir Vince Cable announced he will be stepping down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in May.
In a statement emailed to members Vince said,
“I indicated last year that once the Brexit story had moved on, and we had fought this year’s crucial local elections in 9,000 seats across England, it would be time for me to make way for a new generation. I set considerable store by having an orderly, business-like, succession unlike the power struggles in the other parties.
“So I wanted you, our members, to know that, assuming Parliament does not collapse into an early General Election, I will ask the party to begin a leadership contest in May.”
Cllr Louise Harris, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke, praised the MP for Twickenham.
“While other party leaders have made false promises, vague statements and flip flopped over red lines, the Liberal Democrats have shown leadership and courage in putting livelihoods, public services and jobs before petty party politics through Vince’s stewardship during difficult times.
“Although Vince stepping down is a great loss for the party, we are thankful for his service. However, I’m eager to see what the future holds for our party. We have so many talented, capable MPs and future leaders in the Liberal Democrats. I am in no doubt that the new leader shall rise to the occasion, fill Vince’s big shoes and lead the Liberal Democrats into a new age.”
Council group leader and Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate, Claire Young responded.
“Vince has provided stability in a time of great political uncertainty. As party leader he’s offered wisdom and economic expertise not found in any other party.
"I’m looking forward to seeing what is next for us. Here in South Gloucestershire we have a proven track record and I’m excited to showcase our local manifesto in the next few weeks.”