Sir Ed Davey was questioned on whether the Liberal Democrats would be able to adapt to the changing environment of UK politics toward a more aggressive position. Sir Ed has been tasked with bringing the party back to its glory days after suffering severe defeats at both the local and national level over the past ten years. BBC Today host Simon Jack said: “Isn’t it the truth that the Lib Dems are a party for a slightly gentler age?
“We’ve had some difficult years, absolutely, but our values of liberalism have been the strongest values over two centuries. Our values, I think, are central to British traditions. The question is how do you articulate that?”
He continued: “I think you’re right, it’s difficult times, some parties get a lot more money than we have, a voting system that it’s not fair.
“Yes, we know we have some challenges but my job is to fix the fundamental problems for the party and that’s to reconnect the voters.
“If we do that, if we can make sure people understand that we are their voice again, I think we can surprise people.”
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“But at the national level. We have to face the facts of three disappointing general election results.”
He added: “The truth is, voters don’t believe the Liberal Democrats want to help ordinary people get on in life.
“It is time for us to start listening. And as leader, I have got that message. I am listening now.”
Ed Davey beat opponent Layla Moran 63.5 percent against 36.5. He had previously served as deputy leader under Ms Swinson and interim leader after she stepped down in December.