Issues / The Lib Dem leadership contest July 5th, 2019 Hot Topic While the Conservative leadership contest is taking place, we’re also seeing the Lib Dems having a change of leader: Nick Clegg was the leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007-2015, serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the Cons-Lib Dem coalition 2010-15. He resigned as leader after the 2015 general election after the party lost 49 of its 57 previously held seats. Following his resignation, Tim Farron took the premiership and resigned in 2017 due to the role conflicting with his personal religious views. Vince Cable became 2017, stating that he would resign when Brexit was stopped. However, he announced his resignation after the EU elections, triggering a party election. The two candidates in the race are Sir Edward (Ed) Davey and Jo Swinson. Both have significant parliamentary experience and have served in government under the Coalition. Swinson and Davey are both fiercely anti-Brexit but have different ways of tackling the Brexit dilemma. Voting has officially started within the Lib Dem membership of 106,000. Voting can be done either via postal vote or electronically. Voting closes on 23rd July and the results will be announced that evening. Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Loan Charge?