Lib Dem by-election HQ is launched in Lewisham East, with the party leader warning Labour that it must stop waving a Tory Brexit through.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and parliamentary candidate Lucy Salek have opened the party’s headquarters for the Lewisham East by-election.
The Lib Dem campaign will be based from a unit in the Leegate Shopping Centre in Lee. The Lib Dems say that already more than 100 Lib Dem volunteers have distributed leaflets and Vince Cable has visited the constituency twice in five days.
A heavily ‘remain’ constituency, activists have been hearing firsthand voters’ frustrations over the Labour leadership’s fudged position on Brexit.
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable said:
“The fault lines between Labour’s leadership and its members are more stark than ever before. Their youth and student wings, understandably concerned for their generation’s future, are now challenging Jeremy Corbyn on his failure to back the British people on having the final say on any deal.
“Labour’s leadership is facilitating the Conservatives’ chaotic Brexit, even nonsensically backing them over leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“Every vote for the Liberal Democrats in this by-election is a message to the Conservatives that Brexit is not inevitable. Every vote for the Lib Dems in Lewisham East is a warning to Labour’s leadership that they must act like the opposition and not simply wave through Brexit.”
Lucy Salek said:
“The reception for us on the doorstep has been fantastic. Speaking to voters I have found they are fed up with, and frustrated by, Labour, particularly over Brexit.
“Having grown up in and around the constituency I understand the other major issues here, notably knife crime and a lack of resources for our schools. As Lewisham East’s MP, tackling these problems would be among my top priorities.”