At this leadership election, we have the opportunity to elect a leader who will move our party and our country forward. To free ourselves from the baggage of coalition, to rebuild that crucial trust with the electorate we have lost.
As former Liberal Democrat MPs, we represented seats in both Leave and Remain and Conservative and Labour facing areas. We are convinced that electing Layla Moran as leader would be the best way to win these seats back. Because to win back former Liberal Democrat strongholds and become competitive again across the country, we need to build a broad base of support amongst voters. That means we need to send a clear message we are renewed as a party.
We must start listening to voters again, and show that we have learnt the lessons of the past decade. Layla Moran will provide the strong, liberal voice the party needs to cut through in the media and to stand out from the crowd. Together we can build a progressive message that appeals to voters across the political spectrum, just like Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy did.
Now more than ever, a strong Liberal Democrat party is needed so that we can tackle injustice, transform the country and successfully challenge the rising wave of populism which is scarring our nation.
Please join us by backing Layla Moran. The future of our party is at stake.
Martin Horwood, former Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, 2005 - 2015, former Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West and Gibraltar 2019 - 20
Baroness Lynne Featherstone, former Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, 2005 - 2015
Julian Huppert, former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge 2010 -2015
Stephen Lloyd, former Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne, 2010 - 2015, 2017 - 2019