Sir Vince Cable MP visited Eastbourne this week to host a packed question and answer session for Lib Dem Members. He joined Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd in welcoming questions from members on a wide range of topics ranging from the Southern Rail crisis, the results of the 2017 General Election and the economy.
Cable highlighted the current right and left-wing polarisation of British politics. How throughout history people faced with this situation have gravitated towards the centre, and that he saw this as an opportunity for the Lib Dems as the only moderate, centrist political party on the field.
Stephen Lloyd MP said, “It was a pleasure to welcome the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, to Eastbourne and The View Hotel. I’ve known him for many years and believe he’s well-placed to talk candidly to the British people on the severe economic challenges coming our way. Vince doesn’t varnish the truth and tells it as it is, which i am sure is why he is so respected across the political spectrum.”
Sir Vince added, “It’s been an honour to come to Eastbourne and meet so many of our members, many of them new. Stephen returning to Parliament has been a real shot in the arm for Lib Dems across the South East and Eastbourne. My view is that the public will support someone they trust and Stephen embodies that for the town."
Lloyd concluded, “Vince Cable’s commitment to liberal values and fairness was exemplified by him telling us that he, Ken Clarke MP and Ed Milliband MP have an informal alliance to put pressure on the Government to prevent the wholesale takeover of SKY by Rupert Murdoch. As he said himself: ‘If Murdoch is not stopped it will give him far too much influence over the UK media, which is not something we'd support.’ – I’m with Vince on this. The thought of Rupert Murdoch gaining even more power than he has at the moment fills me with horror. Let’s not forget that he was a big supporter of Donald Trump!”