Jo’s speech after her election contained the enthusiasm and optimism she has shown during her time in Parliament. Below is an extract from that speech. We can expect in the weeks ahead how that optimism can be turned into action, not just to Stop Brexit but to address all the other issues that have been left to fester under the Tories.
Our first priority must be, of course, stopping Brexit. And as your new leader, it’s right at the top of my agenda.
When I say Bollocks to Brexit I mean it. This isn’t a normal political issue. This is about the fundamental direction of our country for generations to come. Brexit in any form is a disaster for our country and we’ll do everything in our power to stop it.
We’re at a pivotal moment.Our country needs a strong, liberal movement more than ever, and that is what we are going to build. This is only the country of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson if we let it be. We all know that Britain deserves better than both of them.
This is only the country of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson if we let it be. We all know that Britain deserves better than both of them.
Their narrow-minded nationalism can be beaten. And the people who are going to beat it are the thousands of you reading this and the thousands more who are going to join us along the way.
Only the Liberal Democrats have the values, the ideas and the sheer bloody determination to stand up to those who are doing so much to damage our country. This is our time.
The road ahead will be hard, but anything that is ever worth doing is hard. I know that together we can take this party further than we have ever been and make Britain the open, positive, liberal country that we all believe in.