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Catherine Bearder elected to lead Lib Dem MEPs

May 30, 2019 8:49 PM
Originally published by Southampton Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat MEPs have elected Catherine Bearder MEP as the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament following the first meeting of the MEP group today.

Catherine Bearder MEPFollowing the best ever European Election result in the party's history, Catherine Bearder MEP will lead a group of 16 Liberal Democrat MEPs as the party continues to campaign to stop Brexit.

Speaking after the announcement, Catherine Bearder MEP said:

"I am delighted to be elected as the leader for the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament.

"Our main priority will be to stop Brexit and with 16 MEPs we will ensure our message is heard loud and clear in Brussels.

"We will also fight for those EU and UK citizens who were denied a vote on this election."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable MP added:

"Catherine led the charge for British liberalism in Brussels during a difficult five years for the party.

"She has consistently kept the Remain flame alight, as well as being a leading voice on environmental protection and the fight against wildlife trafficking.

"With a firm grasp of how the EU institutions work, and how to get things done, I know she will lead our new team of 16 with distinction. She has a group with an impressive body of experience in the European Parliament to complement the talent of our many new MEPs.

"We are now the second largest liberal delegation in the European Parliament, and I look forward to our MEPs making a real mark as the Union sets its agenda and chooses a new Commission for the coming five years."