Baroness Sal Brinton has been elected as the new Liberal Democrat Party President.
“I am honoured to have been elected President by the members of the Liberal Democrats. Over recent months I have met thousands of Lib Dem members, all of whom agree on three things.
“Firstly, the Liberal Democrats need to be able to show the public the positive and beneficial things that we have done for people whilst in government, much of which would not have happened with a single party Conservative majority government.
“Secondly, the party is the only liberal and tolerant party around, and politics today needs that voice to be heard. Thirdly, our party processes and constitution are overdue for reform. This must be a priority after May 2015.
“My role will be to represent the members, and make the changes that they want happen. My first priority will be to move the renowned campaign fighting ability of the Lib Dems into top gear, so that we win more seats in both Westminster and in councils across the UK in the General and Local Elections next year”
Congratulating Sal, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:
“I am delighted that Sal Brinton has been elected as the next Liberal Democrat Party President. Sal has a fantastic record as a campaigner in Cambridgeshire and Watford and as an influential member in the House of Lords.
“She has led the way in promoting diversity in the Liberal Democrats through the Leadership programme and brings decades of political experience to the role. She will be a powerful advocate for grassroots activists in what will be a crucial election year and I look forward to working with her.”
Outgoing President Tim Farron added:
“I want to congratulate Sal on winning this election and becoming the next President of our party. Sal has helped and supported me throughout the last few years. She has the skills, experience and temperament that is needed to steer our party through the next stage. She is a wonderful parliamentarian, friend and will be a fantastic president for our party.
“I want to commiserate with Daisy and Liz. They have both run campaigns which have done the party proud.”
Sal BRINTON: 7865
Daisy COOPER: 4530
Liz LYNNE: 4389
Spoilt Ballots: 25
Liz Lynne is eliminated in the first round
Sal BRINTON: 10,188
Daisy COOPER: 6,138
Ballots not transferred or spoilt: 458
Total Ballots Cast: 16,809
Overall Turnout: 38.9%