ED'S PLAN AS LEADER

Winning campaigns

Ed knows we have to work twice as hard to win as Liberal Democrats - and has done it himself.

As well winning against the odds in 1997, turning his majority from 56 to 15,676 in 2001, and winning his seat back in 2017, Ed has helped Liberal Democrats win across the country.

Ed knows that all elected Liberal Democrats make a huge difference to their communities, and as Leader will be at the forefront of campaigning at all levels - not just Westminster

Fighting for Liberal values

Equality, human rights and internationalism are central to Ed’s Liberalism.

From moving the amendment to abolish Section 28 to his 5 year battle to secure his constituent’s release from Guantanamo Bay, Ed is the leader we need to stand up for our values in a time where they are under threat.

Tackling the Climate Emergency

Stopping Brexit is key to tackling the Climate Emergency - as Ed’s pivotal role in negotiating Europe’s 2030 climate targets shows.

Ed wants to build on his success in making the UK the world leader in offshore wind, with his radical new economic plan to decarbonise capitalism.

About Ed

Ed first got active in politics after reading Seeing Green by Jonathan Porritt as a teenager – and green issues have remained close to his heart ever since. After serving as the Economics Adviser to Paddy Ashdown, Ed won his seat of Kingston and Surbiton in 1997, when it was 106th on the target list.

From there, Ed has helped Liberal Democrats across the country, at all levels, get elected, including a diverse and majority female group in his home borough.

Ed lost both his parents as a child – and was a young carer for his mum before she passed away when he was 15, So Ed knows how challenging life can be – and how important the NHS is. Caring for the less fortunate has been the hallmark of his political career – for constituents and his campaigns for the bereaved, the disabled and the homeless.

In Coalition Ed began as a Business Minister, laying the groundwork for Shared Parental Leave under Vince Cable. In 2012 Ed became the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change where he quadrupled renewable power and made the UK the world leader in offshore wind. In Europe, Ed led climate change negotiations and won ambitious news targets people never thought would be agreed – so directly helping to get the Paris Climate Treaty.

After losing in 2015, Ed campaigned hard for Remain at the referendum, and gained his seat back in 2017. Since then Ed has been fighting for us to keep our place in Europe, pushing for a proper response to the Climate Emergency, and helping Liberal Democrats get elected across the country.

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Shaffaq Mohammed MEP

Shaffaq Mohammed

MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber

I'm backing Ed because he has always helped Liberal Democrats across the country to win - and his plan for Green Investment can rejuvenate areas in Yorkshire and the Humber while limiting our impact on the environment

Sarah Ludford

Sarah Ludford

Former MEP, and Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson in the House of Lords

I'm backing Ed because he's an experienced former Energy Secretary with bold ideas and a tremendous campaigner. whilst being absolutely committed to human rights and equality.

Don Foster

Don Foster

Former MP for Bath and Lib Dem Peer

Ed is a thoroughly likeable and warm person who has the breadth of experience, the liberal vision and, as a great communicator, is promoting the kind of policies, particularly on climate change, this country so desperately needs.

Sarah Cheung Johnson

Sarah Cheung Johnson

South Cambridgeshire Councillor

Climate Change is the most pressing crisis right now other than Brexit. Ed's experience & track record on this is much needed. Ed's a true campaigner, a feminist, compassionate & a liberal who can lead our Lib Dem surge without compromising our values.

Kamran Hussain

Kamran Hussain

PPC for Leeds North-West

I am backing Ed as he has been extremely supportive in the campaign to elect me as the MP for Leeds North West. Ed is a true champion of Liberal values and will take the fight to Labour in the north.

William Wallace

William Wallace

Lib Dem Peer

Ed is experienced, energetic and engaged. His record in Kingston shows that he’s an inspired campaigner. His record on climate change in government shows that he knows how to get things done.

Roderick Lynch

Roderick Lynch

Chair of the Lib Dem Campaign for Racial Equality

I'm backing Ed because he is a people person and an experienced politician who can make a change in our lives. He has been working on climate change when it was not fashionable to do so. He was aboard that train when the bandwagon left the station.

Liz Barker

Liz Barker

LGBT+ Spokesperson in the Lords

We need a leader who builds diverse teams which win, and inspire innovative solutions to the challenges of our age. I'm proud to support Ed Davey - a great Liberal Democrat

Sarah Olney

Sarah Olney

Former MP for Richmond Park

I'm backing Ed because of his campaigning energy and commitment to Liberal causes, from equality to Climate Change, will show the country that the Liberal Democrats are back in the game.

Liz Lynne

Liz Lynne

Former MP and MEP

I've known Ed since before he was an MP, and his grasp of policy, and how to communicate it, is second to none. That's why I'm backing Ed.

Judith Jolly

Judith Jolly

Lib Dem Peer

I have known Ed for a long time and trust him with the leadership of my party. His three year experience as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change will be invaluable as we face the huge climate crisis, and give us unbeatable credibility.

Liam McArthur

Liam McArthur

MSP for Orkney

Over many years, Ed has led the way on making the case for radical action on the environment. He is right to argue strongly for the environment to be at the very heart of our party’s agenda going forward

Julia Cambridge

Julia Cambridge

Former Parliamentary Candidate

A strong commitment to equality and diversity has always been central to Ed’s life in politics. He has championed Gender diversity on his own doorstep and across the UK, that’s one of the many reasons why I am backing him to be our next leader.

Caroline Voaden MEP

Caroline Voaden

MEP for the South West
Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts

Leader of Richmond Council
Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace

Former Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, MP, MSP and Current Lib Dem Peer
Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison

PPC for Cheadle
Mick Clarke

Mick Clarke

PPC for Yeovil
Barbara Janke

Barbara Janke

Former Leader of Bristol Council
Hannah Kitching

Hannah Kitching

Group Leader of Barnsley Liberal Democrats, and PPC for Penistone and Stocksbridge
Hina Bokhari

Hina Bokhari

Councillor and GLA Candidate
Yee-Liu Williams

Yee-Liu Williams

How can you not vote for Ed?
🔶He leads from the front on #stopbrexit.
🔶He is a force on climate emergency and knows how to tackle it;
🔶He walks the talk on liberal values and as a human rights activist he works solidly and silently behind the scenes.
I know he's simply the BEST- I am backing #EdForLeader why aren’t you? 🔶

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