It has just been announced that Sir Menzies Campbell has been elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Chris Huhne was second and Simon Hughes came third. Whilst you are all aware that I supported Simon Hughes I still believe that the leadership election has put us in a very strong position to challenge for the next election.
I will not deny that I am disappointed that Simon Hughes did not win, I believe that he is one of those people who was the best leader that the party never had. I am glad that Ming has been elected and I look to working with Ming and the team to reach for the sky.
Ming will have to show that he is serious about making the party representative of the community we aspire to lead. I believe it is sick and shameful that we do not have a single Ethnic Minority Member of Parliament, we need action on this now.
But that debate is for the future, today we congratulate Ming and his team especially Maxine!!! And I offer my support to Simon and Chris, you both have great talent and the party is stronger as a result of your work.