Lib Dem ‘pick­ing up pace’

Con­fer­ence: Scot­tish leader tells ac­tivists their party ‘has the mo­men­tum’

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY KATRINE BUSSEY

Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Wil­lie Ren­nie has said the mo­men­tum is with his party as ac­tivists gather ahead of their au­tumn con­fer­ence.

With the Lib­eral Democrats in Scot­land hav­ing gained three seats from the SNP in June’s snap elec­tion, Mr Ren­nie said there had been “sig­nif­i­cant gains”

He also hailed new UK leader Vince Ca­ble as be­ing an “im­por­tant eco­nomic thinker” and a “real as­set” to the Lib Dems.

The con­fer­ence in Bournemouth, which gets un­der way on Sun­day, will be Mr Ca­ble’s first since tak­ing over the job from Tim Far­ron.

Mr Ca­ble said the Lib­eral Democrats were now “sig­nif­i­cantly more in­flu­en­tial than be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion” in June, in which Con­ser­va­tive PM Theresa May lost her party’s Com­mons ma­jor­ity.

“With a hung par­lia- ment, a weak Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, a divided Labour party and the Brexit process un­der way, the Lib­eral Democrats can make a real dif­fer­ence to the fu­ture of our coun­try,” Mr Ca­ble added.

With four Lib Dem MPs elected in Scot­land in June, Mr Ren­nie said the party was “grow­ing again and we have mo­men­tum”.

He added: “We have some fan­tas­tic new elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are go­ing to drive the party for­ward.

“We have a new leader in Vince whose ex­pe­ri­ence as an im­por­tant eco­nomic thinker is a real as­set.

“The Con­ser­va­tives are strug­gling in West­min­ster, Labour is lead­er­less in Scot­land and the SNP are head­ing down the polling lad­der. Lib­eral Democrats how­ever can make a real dif­fer­ence to the fu­ture of our coun­try.

“Go­ing for­ward we will build a fresh, bright plat­form for change.”

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Wil­lie Ren­nie tells the Lib Dem con­fer­ence that the party is ready to move for­ward

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