Vince invites progressives to join us ahead of Conference

Vince Cable will use his speech at the rally at the opening of Autumn Conference to make an open pitch to progressives to back us as the only movement in UK politics for them.

The intervention follows THAT speech in which he set out his ideas for reforming the party. Apparently, since then over 10,000 people have pre-registered their interest to become a party supporter – an average of over 1000 per day.

Vince said:

I want to make an open pitch to the people of this country who are fed up with the extremes of the current Conservative and Labour parties.

Whether you see yourself as a liberal, social democrat, progressive, or centrist there is a home for you here, particularly as we fight against Brexit together.

I have made proposals to open up our movement to become an even more powerful force at the centre of British politics, standing up to power and privilege to bring fairness and opportunity for everyone.

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  • I prefer progressive to moderate……..

  • I also prefer progressive to moderate. We need to be seen as offering progressive change even radical solutions if we are to make an impact. That is a key part of how we built ourselves to many MPs and councillors. Moderate risks being the “non of the others mush that was such a spectacular failure in 2015

  • Michael Cole 16th Sep '18 - 11:27am

    The use of ‘left’ and ‘right’ to describe the position of political Parties or policies is simplistic and inaccurate. It forms a convenient label for some journalists and commentators who apparently can only think in binary terms.

    So I also much prefer ‘progressive’.

    The Tories, by definition, are against progressive politics.

    Labour, far from being progressive, are an obstacle to progress.

  • Sue Sutherland 16th Sep '18 - 12:21pm

    Another vote for progressive

  • Lorenzo Cherin 16th Sep '18 - 3:18pm

    As David was a fan of the social Liberals of old, who as we know, were called, New Liberals, I understand his view.

    As they were a hundred years or more back in the past, hardly forward thinking, as well as removing Democrat, again, unthinking unless being inconsiderate trying to down grade the important SDP input, plus shades of New Labour which I did like in the earlier years but he and many seem not of the same view on at all!

    I agree on progressive.

    We could change the name of the party.

    Progressive Liberal Democrats. Pro Lib Dem!

    Positive, drawing a line under the conservative lib dems in coalition, gets to where we are really at as a movement for radicals and moderates, all progressives of varieties of types and views…and unites with Labour moderates, they have a group called progress, it brings in those who support a progressive alliance, and conservatives who are mostly progressive, far more than conservative party name…you heard it here first, I seek copyright…

  • nvelope2003 16th Sep '18 - 9:00pm

    Progressive sounds a bit dated. How about Social Liberals or just Democrats. As stated elsewhere we live in the era of simplistic solutions from smooth talking snake oil sales persons so a change of name is unlikely to help until the snake oil people have been found out. Maybe just stick it out with the name we have and hope that the voters will eventually come back.

    Is it being too cynical to wonder if choosing a leader who is not an MP is a way to get Nicholas Clegg back in the job ? Or maybe he is the man being lined up by the backers of the proposed pro Remain Centre party as he is certainly a very convincing spokesman for their cause and will not be embarrassing them with any awkward domestic policies which might upset their centre right supporters.

  • David Allen 17th Sep '18 - 1:01am

    Democrats. Because they’re known to be a major party!

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