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Sir Ed Davey elected new Lib Dem leader and promises to ‘listen’ to voters after election bloodbath

SIR Ed Davey has today been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats by 2 to 1.

He beat challenger Layla Moran with 42,000 votes – double the amount she managed to get.

Speaking today, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton said his party needed to “face the facts” that the Lib Dems have had three “disappointing” general elections where they failed to win over the nation.

And the truth was that they were out of touch with the rest of the country – a far cry from the power they held in coalition government with the Conservatives from 2010 – 2015.

“Voters have been sending us a message, but we have not been listening,” he said today.

“I have got that message, I am listening now,” he told the nation.

He insisted his challenger Ms Moran would have a key role in rebuilding the party.

Sir Ed – a former pork pie maker – was at the announcement in central London today with his wife Emily.

He told his party faithful: “I’m determined our party backs a Britain that works with other countries across the world for peace and prosperity. 

“But it is my love of our party that makes me recognise that we have to change.”

The Lib Dems have now had five leaders in the last five years.

The Lib Dem leadership kicked off after Jo Swinson quit following the 2019 election – but had been postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Sh lost her seat to the SNP during a terrible election night for the party where they ended up with just 11 seats – one fewer than before.

They ran on a huge Stop Brexit message which flopped and failed to even win over Remainers.

The latest polls show the Lib Dems currently running at a dismal 8 per cent.

It’s a far cry from their golden days of 2005 – where the their challenger party ad a whopping 62 seats.

Sir Ed was always the bookies’ favourite to win the yellow crown this time around but he’s still an outsider at 100/1 to become PM, they said today.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Ed Davey always looked like winning the Lib Dem leadership race as far as the odds were concerned but it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing him challenge the likes of Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak for PM.”

It comes after The Sun revealed Ms Moran once said kids should get the vote.

The lefty loudmouth said she thinks kids should be able to vote when they “feel ready”.

The Oxford West MP admitted her call for votes for young kids is a “crazy idea”.

Quizzed on her views on votes for 16 year-olds at a fringe political event, she backed lowering the voting age.

She added: “I’m going to lob a crazy idea, and see where it goes – Why 16? I met some really, really on-point 12, 11 and 14 year-olds. My personal view is that you should be able to vote when you feel ready.”

Tory MP Maria Caulfield blasted the barmy comments. She said: “We knew things were bad for the Lib Dems, but offering to give primary school kids the vote is desperation. They’ll be offering free Fortnite tokens next.”

Ms Moran said the comments, made at the party’s conference in 2017, no longer reflect her views.

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