Fight for Re­main by join­ing the Lib Dems, says Ca­ble

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph re­porter

Sir Vince Ca­ble has urged dis­il­lu­sioned Labour and Tory sup­port­ers to jump ship to the Lib­eral Democrats and sink Brexit on the eve of what is al­most cer­tain to be his last party con­fer­ence as leader.

As the Lib Dems gather in Brighton, some in the party re­main un­happy at Sir Vince’s “slow mo­tion res­ig­na­tion”, but the for­mer busi­ness sec­re­tary is try­ing to put out a pos­i­tive mes­sage as he talks up the prospect of creat­ing a po­lit­i­cal mid­dle with mus­cle.

Sir Vince in­sisted a fresh ref­er­en­dum on the terms of EU with­drawal was vi­tal. He said: “We en­ter this con­fer­ence sea­son with Brexit on a knife edge. It’s our duty to make sure we se­cure the peo­ple’s vote the coun­try des­per­ately needs.

“Hope­fully, we can help Labour mod­er­ates put pres­sure on their lead­er­ship to join us in this fight.”

The Lib Dem leader added: “I want to make an open pitch to the peo­ple of this coun­try who are fed up with the ex­tremes of the cur­rent Con­ser­va­tive and Labour par­ties.

“Whether you see your­self as a lib­eral, so­cial demo­crat, pro­gres­sive, or cen­trist there is a home for you here.”

In a bid to con­front widespread crit­i­cism of his lead­er­ship ahead of the con­fer­ence, Sir Vince last week an­nounced he would stand down once Brexit was “re­solved or stopped”.

How­ever, the move proved con­tro­ver­sial as Sir Vince re­fused to set out a firm leav­ing date.

The con­fer­ence is likely to see a jostling for po­si­tion among po­ten­tial lead­ers, such as Sir Vince’s deputy, Jo Swin­son, and Sir Ed Davey, the for­mer en­ergy sec­re­tary.

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