Ed Davey has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, defeating challenger Layla Moran. Sir Ed secured a landslide victory with 42,756 votes, beating Ms Moran with 24,564 votes. Turnout was 57.6%. The pair have been locked in a tussle for the top job since former chief Jo Swinson – who once boasted she could become Prime Minister – lost her seat at December’s general election. Sir Ed lost last summer’s leadership race to Ms Swinson, who lasted less than five months in the role before being brutally ousted by voters. He has been acting leader since Ms Swinson’s departure. The newly elected leader said he had heard the voices of voters, who have turned away from his party in the last three elections. “So my job from today is to rebuild the Liberal Democrats to national relevance,” he said. “None of this is going to be easy, none of this is going to be straightforward and none of it is going to be quick or simple to achieve. But I want the Liberal Democrats to represent the whole country … The hard work starts today.” Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron tweeted: “Congratulations Ed Davey on Lib Dem activists… Read full this story
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