I have had a good summer, meeting Liberal Democrat members all over the UK in 15 Q&A sessions. It has been great to listen to your ideas, and a pleasure to answer questions face-to-face about the future of our Party and the country.
The tour has also been a welcome opportunity to outline my plans to place the Liberal Democrats at the centre of UK political life: a credible, effective Party of national and local government, and a voice of sanity on Europe and the economy.
While the Conservatives scrap over their leadership, and the Labour party ricochets from position to position, only the Liberal Democrats are standing up for Britain’s place in the world. Only as a full member of the European Union do we retain our membership of the single market and customs union AND our say at the European top table. That’s why the need for an ‘exit from Brexit’ referendum at the end of the negotiations becomes clearer every day.
I also intend our party to be a strong voice on the jarring inequalities of wealth and opportunity which disfigure our society. Last decade’s financial crisis has left a long-term legacy of economic damage and depressed living standards which fuel much of today’s political anger and frustration. Addressing generational and geographical inequalities is central to our mission to build and safeguard a free, fair and open society.
With membership at its highest level ever and the enormous energy that thousands of new members have brought to the Party, I’m confident that we can grow at every level, winning seats and votes all around the country. The appointment this week of a new interim Chief Executive in Sir Nick Harvey will I hope help to ready us for that fight.
Meanwhile, if you haven't been able to make one of my tour events in person, I hope the above video of our Q&A in London will help fill you in. And I look forward to meeting you in person soon.