The Liberal Democrats have suspended their leadership contest amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The contest, which will see the party elect a successor to Jo Swinson, will now begin in May 2021. Ms Swinson lost her seat in the UK General Election on December 12, 2019.
Sir Ed Davey MP and Mark Pack, the president of the party are to continue as acting leaders in the meantime, it is understood.
In a statement explaining the decision, Mr Pack said;
“Throughout our history, we have always put the national interest first,”
“We know that coronavirus will have many implications for our society, public services, economy and day-to-day lives.
“It will also have important implications for how we operate as a political party.
“In particular, even when current lockdown restrictions are relaxed, we still be living in a world where for months, if not years, to come it is possible lockdowns will have to be reintroduced at short notice.”
Sir Ed Davey, Layla Moran, Christine Jardine and Daisy Cooper have all been cited as potential contenders for the party’s leadership.
The Labour Party is coming to the end of its leadership contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn. The new Labour leader is set to be announced on April 4. The Labour leadership and deputy leadership election results were due to be announced during a special conference in central London, but the current Coronavirus lockdown has seen that event cancelled.
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