Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has released his New Year message, emphasising his ambition to mobilise the strength of the party’s 100,000 membership to win the arguments on the major issues facing the country.
- the need to convince the government to build thousands of affordable homes so that younger generations are no longer cut off from the housing market
- the urgency of properly funding a woefully underinvested NHS – the Liberal Democrats argue for a penny in the pound on income tax for the NHS and social care;
- the need to win the argument for an Exit from Brexit, but democratically, through a public vote on the terms of the divorce and any EU trade deal.
Vince Cable also highlights the core Lib Dem value of being “unafraid to swim against the tide and do the right thing”. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Liberal Democrats. In that time, the party has consistently been ahead of the political class on major policy issues. Most famously, these include:
fighting for and defending LGBT rights, including same sex marriage, secured when the Lib Dems were in government
standing up for the rights of citizens in Hong Kong;
leading political opposition to the Iraq War;
warning about the looming 2007 credit crunch and 2008 financial crisis and then rebuilding the economy through initiatives like the industrial strategy and Green Investment Bank;
and, now, the only main national party consistently standing up against a destructive hard Brexit that would damage the economy, while demanding the British people have the option of staying in the EU.
In the video, Vince Cable says:
“The Liberal Democrats are the party to confront the establishment and vested interests, the party unafraid to swim against the tide and do the right thing, the party to stand up for the underdog.”
“Looking forward to 2018, we’ve got a lot of work to do. Liberal Democrats have a lot of people to persuade to get behind us, but we can do it.
“There’s still time to offer people the choice of an Exit from Brexit; there’s a big opportunity to win a real cash injection for the NHS and for schools; and to win the argument for thousands more affordable homes.
“All over the country people are getting behind these campaigns by joining and supporting the Liberal Democrats. We have over 100,000 members and we’re ambitious to grow.
“So, let’s get back to what we’re good at, getting out on the streets together, and campaigning. Thank you for 2017. And let’s make 2018 our year.”