Ambitious for our country;
Ambitious for our party.
I want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future.
I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote unleashed.
I want the Liberal Democrats to be at the centre of political life: a credible, effective party of national and local government, and a voice of sanity on Europe.
To achieve this, we will have to fight for every vote and every seat.
It can be done: we have a record membership and the enormous energy that thousands of new members have brought to the party.
I believe I have the ability to give that energy a lead, to hit the headlines and to put our party at the centre of political debate.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Britain needs the Liberal Democrats.
There is much to be patriotic about in Britain today.
It is a more tolerant and inclusive place than when my late wife and I started an inter-racial family a generation ago. It has great resources of creativity and business talent, of learning and research. There is a real generosity of spirit and sense of community.
But there is also much that is wrong.
There is a disfiguring inequality of wealth and opportunity. 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.
The crisis exposed Britain’s over-dependence on banking and property markets, its over-reliance on household debt rather than investment and competitiveness.
These issues were beginning to be addressed by the Coalition government, but Brexit – pursued by Theresa May with full support from Jeremy Corbyn – is now starting to inflict further economic damage.
There is a palpable sense, in parts of the country, that they have been left behind. Young people face a bleaker future than their parents.
Many people feel powerless, neglected and excluded – as the Grenfell tower disaster has cruelly exposed.
The Liberal Democrats can take Britain off this path.
Liberal values have not gone away, and many voters across the political spectrum are looking for reasons to support us.
Our path back into government is to show them that we understand what it takes to build a better Britain – and that we can fight for it.
Ambitious for our country: my agenda.
To build a better Britain we need to give people powers over the decisions which affect their lives, including Brexit.
We need to build an economy which is successful and gives everyone a stake and everyone a chance.
We need properly funded and effective public services, we need to hold out the hope of a better future for young people and we need to fix Britain’s broken politics, to give everyone an equal say.
That is my agenda.
AMBITIOUS FOR BRITAIN’S PLACE IN EUROPE
AMBITIOUS FOR BRITAIN’S ECONOMY
AMBITIOUS FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
AMBITIOUS FOR THE YOUNG
AMBITIOUS FOR BRITAIN’S POLITICS
Ambitious for our Party
This policy programme will set Britain on the path towards a future that is fair, free and open.
But if we want a chance to undertake this radical programme of national revival, we must first continue the rebuilding started by Tim Farron.
I want the Liberal Democrats to be at the heart of a mass movement, securing electoral success at all levels of government and running successful campaigns between elections to make our country more liberal and more democratic.
We will achieve this by campaigning and acting in ways that reflect our values – from making our party more diverse through to making it easier for members to get involved. Excellent initiatives such as ‘Your Liberal Britain’ need multiplying.
I will particularly target membership growth; we should aim to overtake the Conservative Party in numbers.
Our campaigning has to be effective – and enjoyable.
We need to go direct to our voters and membership with ever more sophisticated use of digital media and through our own leaflet delivery networks.
I welcome cooperation with other parties at the grassroots – as we already do with the Greens in some local areas – and in Parliament, provided always that the cooperation supports our values and aims.
Ambitious for the future: my record
I am ambitious for Britain’s future. We, the Liberal Democrats, can build a country that is fair, free and open. I believe that I am the Leader to do it.
I have been active in the party for over 35 years. I have fought ten general elections. This June I was re-elected with the largest majority of any Liberal Democrat MP.
As Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, I reformed the banks and created the world’s first Green Investment Bank and the British Business Bank.
I relaunched the apprenticeship model of training, created the Catapult network of innovation centres, boosted the science budget, introduced shared parental leave and stronger protection against monopoly, launched a successful campaign to get more women on company boards, protected adult community learning – and much else.
But there is so much more to do.
If you agree – if you share my ambition – I urge you to join with me.
Be part of the movement that will build a better Britain.