New Lib Dem deputy leader vows to help build 'winning campaign machine'

The new deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has vowed to help the party build a “winning campaign machine” as it seeks a reversal of fortune.

It was announced by the party on Sunday that Daisy Cooper had been unanimously elected to the role.

Ms Cooper won her St Albans seat at the 2019 general election, the first time the Lib Dems were victorious in the constituency.

Sir Ed Davey speaks at the Conrad Hotel, Westminster, London after he has been elected as the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

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The announcement follows the election of Sir Ed Davey as leader last month.

The Lib Dems increased their vote share in 2019, but failed to make an electoral breakthrough.

Then-leader Jo Swinson lost her seat as the party’s anti-Brexit message failed to win enough support to increase its number of MPs.

Before entering the House of Commons, Ms Cooper worked for the cross-party movement More United and in Commonwealth affairs, campaigning against international human rights abuses and for improved LGBT+ rights abroad.

“At the same time that Ed Davey, as our new leader, is listening to and reconnecting with voters, it is my role to help build a winning campaign machine that will get Liberal Democrats elected at every level,” she said.

“Liberal Democrats won St Albans in December for the first time ever.

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“It was a seat we had never held before.

“But it didn’t happen overnight. It took three and a half years.

“I am determined to use the three and a half years before the next general election to replicate our St Albans win in many other places.

“With Johnson’s Conservatives attacking the independence of our judges, brazenly stating that they want to break the law and destroy our international reputation, it is more important than ever that Liberal Democrats listen and win in every part of the UK.”

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