Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson launches 'presidential-style' tour of UK

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson launches ‘presidential-style’ tour around Britain to convince voters she can be PM

  • Jo Swinson has claimed Lib Dems are on verge of winning hundreds of seats
  • She will now embark on ‘high-profile tour’ in the style of Presidential candidate
  • Former Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach announced Thursday she would stand for Lib Dems in her constituency

Jo Swinson is to launch a presidential-style election tour across the country in a bid to convince voters she can be prime minister.

Earlier this week she claimed the Liberal Democrats were on the verge of winning hundreds of seats in next month’s election.

The party’s new confidence comes as it welcomed another defector from the Tories.

Jo Swinson is to launch a presidential-style election tour across the country in a bid to convince voters she can be prime minister

Antoinette Sandbach announced on Thursday night that she would stand as the Lib Dem candidate in her Eddisbury constituency. The party now has 20 MPs – up from the 12 elected in 2017.

The decision to present Miss Swinson as a potential leader of the country has been dubbed a ‘bicep kissing strategy’ because it shows off and potentially exaggerates the party’s strengths.

It was reported yesterday that the Lib Dems are also planning to hire more office space in London to allow staff to oversee the campaign around the country.

New Lib Dem chief executive Mike Dixon has sent all employees an email, which lays out its approach to the six-week general election campaign.

It reveals it will be heavily centralised, with candidates requiring sign-off from party bosses on all their leaflets and emails.

Antoinette Sandbach announced on Thursday night that she would stand as the Lib Dem candidate in her Eddisbury constituency

The centrepiece of the campaign will be a ‘high-profile tour’ by Miss Swinson, pushing the idea that she could end up running the country after December 12

The centrepiece of the campaign will be a ‘high-profile tour’ by Miss Swinson, pushing the idea that she could end up running the country after December 12.

Miss Swinson said yesterday the party can win seats right across the country.

‘The Liberal Democrats are fighting this election to stop Brexit and build a brighter future,’ she said.

‘We have seen thousands of people join our party in the last few weeks, and have added eight new MPs in the last few months. I have set no limit on my ambition for my party and am excited to take our campaign right across the country.’ 

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