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Lib Dems set out timetable to elect next leader

January 19, 2020 11:46 AM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats, open, tolerant and unitedThe Liberal Democrats have agreed the timetable to elect the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

At a meeting of the party's Federal Board in London, the party agreed to open nominations for candidates on the 11th of May and close them on the 28th of May.

The ballot will then open on the 18th of June and close on the 15th of July, after which the party will announce the next leader.

In the meantime, Ed Davey MP and Party President Mark Pack will continue as joint acting leaders of the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking after the meeting, Liberal Democrat Party President Mark 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.

"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."

Candidates must be Members of Parliament and be proposed by at least 10% of other members of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons. They must also be supported by 200 members in aggregate in not less than 20 local parties.

Nominations for candidates will open on the 11th May, after the local elections. Nominations will close on the 28th of May.

The ballot will then open on the 18th of June and close on the 15th of July, after which the party will announce the next leader.