In one of his last public engagements as leader of the UK’s fastest growing political party, Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable has been visiting Taunton today (Wednesday, 17 July), one of the Liberal Democrat’s target seats in the next general election.
Hosted by Gideon Amos, Parliamentary Candidate for Taunton Deane, the former Business Secretary will hear business and educational concerns about Brexit and congratulate Lib Dem councillors on winning the new Somerset West and Taunton Council in the recent local elections.
Sir Vince will meet local Liberal Democrat members and hear about their work to campaign against fire service cuts, their success in saving the Royal Marines’ Norton Manor Camp from closure, plans to redevelop the formerly derelict Firepool site in Taunton, and to combat fracking in the area.
Gideon Amos told Tone News: “We’re delighted that Vince accepted our invitation to visit Taunton Deane, a target seat in the next general election. He recognises that the constituency is eminently winnable and shares our ambition to build on Lib Dem success in the local elections. He’s keen to hear what local people have to say about Brexit, so he can make sure that their voice is adequately heard in Parliament.”
Sir Vince commented: “The Tories are in complete disarray about Brexit, whereas the Lib Dems have been consistent in advocating continuing close union with our largest market to avoid economic disaster. The Liberal Democrats are the country’s leading pro-Remain Party, seeking to restore Britain’s place in the world and ensure the UK, rather than leaving Europe, once again leads it.”
A new Lib Dem Leader is expected to be announced in the week after Sir Vince’s visit. Taunton Deane hopes to host the next Lib Dem Leader later in the year.