This is a time of great opportunity for our party. Whether through establishing the pupil premium for disadvantaged children, increasing tax relief for low income families, restoring vital civil liberties or putting the environment at the forefront of all we do, our values are at the heart of British government for the first time in generations. Britain is better off with Liberal Democrats in Cabinet.
A strong and unified party is needed to hold the Coalition Government to account, however, and division within the party will only make this job harder.
If elected as party President, I will use the role to help hold us together and to strengthen our distinctive Liberal Democrat voice and future. I see these as the key tasks:
As President I would tour the country, listening to local party concerns and ideas and making sure these are heard by the leadership. Ten years ago I campaigned with every local party in London during the Mayoral election and that same determination to work alongside you would drive my Presidency.
I believe the President has important responsibilities to make internal party structures work more effectively and responsively, expand the membership and diversity of the party and make sure that the grassroots, leadership and our professional team are in synch with each other. But above all, the role must facilitate the communication between members and leaders.
I owe this party so much for all the opportunities, excitement and support it has given me. Literally hundreds of you from across the country came to help me in campaigns for the London Mayor and for Parliament. This is my chance to give a little back to all of you and ensure future success for other Liberal Democrats. Our shared values are crucial to making our country a better place.
Please give me your backing in this election for President of the Liberal Democrats.