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Ed Davey, MP for Surbiton and Kingston becomes new Liberal Democrat Leader

Ed Davey has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. As the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed already knows Elmbridge very well. Having increased his majority in the 2019 election over the Conservatives, Ed is perfectly placed to know the challenges and opportunities we face to get a Liberal Democrat candidate elected at the next election. 

Having been first elected to parliament in 1997, Ed brings a wealth of experience with him and recently forced Boris Johnson into committing to hold a public inquiry into the Coronavirus pandemic. His passion for the environment is demonstrated through his record of trebling UK’s renewable power, making Britain the world-leader in offshore wind and Ed is committed to helping us make Elmbridge carbon neutral by 2030. 

Having been a young carer for his mother, and more recently caring for his two children, including his disabled son, Ed knows the challenges carers face and believes it’s time for the 10 million carers in the UK to have a higher carers allowance and more legal protection. 

“Ed and I worked closely together on the 2019 election campaign – where I witnessed at first hand his inspiring leadership and campaigning zeal. There is no one who will campaign harder in creating a fairer society and holding this disastrous Conservative Government to account. He will be a fantastic leader for the Liberal Democrats and I look forward to being able to continue the great work we have done together.”

Monica Harding (Liberal Democrat candidate for Esher and Walton in the 2019 election)

“I am thrilled to have Ed as the next leader of the Liberal Democrats. With his vision and determination we can build more much needed affordable and sociable housing, and work towards Elmbridge becoming carbon neutral by 2030”.

Cllr Mary Marshall (Elmbridge Liberal Democrat Councillor and Deputy Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council)