Ed’s weekend – 7-9 June 2019

On Friday, Ed made the long journey to Aberdeen – 7.5 hours on a train from London.

The first hustings took place there but, first, a look back to an op ed he did last week for the New Statesman on LGBT rights:

Over the last 50 years, the hard work by campaigners and rights groups has seen the UK take hugely progressive steps in the right direction. In my lifetime alone our country has overcome so many barriers in the fight for equality. I am proud to have been a part of this fight and particularly proud to have introduced the amendment to repeal the abhorrent Section 28 in 2003 and to have been a part of legislating for equal marriage when Liberal Democrats were in government. It is shocking to recall how recently the UK banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in Britain’s schools (under Section 28) and denied people the right to marry the person they love because of their gender.

And then on to more hustings at a a beautiful venue in Edinburgh:

The final hustings of the weekend was in Newcastle

He used an interview with Business Insider to make a friendly invitation to people in other parties or none who might want to join us, most notably the former Change UK MPs who left this week:

“But fundamentally, if individuals want to come and join the Liberal Democrats, and sign up to our values, and then I would absolutely welcome them. Totally… We do need to be a political home for the politically homeless.”

He told the Observer, though, that he wasn’t up for any sort of Remain pact:

“I admire these MPs for putting political principles before political careers. But the Liberal Democrats smashed it in the local and European elections, and as Labour tears itself apart over Brexit, we are the only viable party of Remain.

“A pact doesn’t cut it. The Liberal Democrats should be very confident about our strength and our values. Anyone on our side who suggests a pact would be selling the Liberal Democrats short. A pact would simply blunt our clear anti-Brexit, pro-environment message. These MPs need to prove their liberal values and join the Liberal Democrats. If they disagree with us on anything, try to change us from within.

He added: “I would welcome the campaigning skills of the likes of Sarah Wollaston [the former Conservative and Change UK MP] and Chuka Umunna [the former Labour and Change UK MP] to join our crusade to show how stopping Brexit will end austerity and help the most vulnerable.”

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  • I was at the Edinburgh hustings and I came away thinking, “What excellent candidates, and I haven’t a clue which one to vote for!” Ed had more ‘moments,’ but he did ramble on a bit. Jo was very polished and clearly felt confident with the home advantage.
    Both were very candid about the coalition, by which I mean they admitted specific mistakes: Ed in particular was very good on the fact that – whatever the policy gains we made – we mis-managed the /politics/ of it disastrously, from day 1 right up to and through the 2015 election. This is a point I (and others) have often made in here, but I’ve never heard one of our ex-Ministers say it quite so clearly. That impressed me.
    So, I’m still not sure who I’ll vote for, but in a way I don’t really mind. Both will make great leaders, and the other will be a key player in the team. Bring it on!

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