Caroline Voaden MEP was today chosen to lead the delegation of Liberal Democrat MEPs in the European Parliament, following the announcement last week that Catherine Bearder MEP was standing down.
Since beating Labour and the Conservatives in May’s European Parliament elections, Liberal Democrat MEPs have been at the forefront of the fight against Brexit and the battle to restore Britain’s tarnished reputation in Europe.
Partnered with Emmanuel Macron’s MEPs in the Renew Europe Grouping in the European Parliament, with MEPs elected to chair the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee and the Committee on Legal Affairs, Lib Dem MEPs have cemented their position as the most powerful delegation of British parliamentarians in Europe.
Caroline Voaden MEP, the new leader of the Liberal Democrat MEPs commented:
“I am honoured to have been chosen by my colleagues to lead the Liberal Democrat delegation in the European Parliament. Catherine Bearder has done a fantastic job since returning to Brussels in May with 15 new colleagues, after a long five years here as the only Liberal Democrat MEP.”
“I joined the party to fight Brexit and I represent a growing force in British politics. The election of 16 of us in May’s European election was proof of the Lib Dems’ strength as the biggest, strongest party of Remain in the UK.”
“We were elected on a mandate to Stop Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain and we will do all we can to help our colleagues win seats right across the country on December 12th.”
“I look forward to working with all my colleagues in the Renew Europe Group to develop our priorities for this five-year mandate of the European Parliament, and to working with Jo Swinson and our colleagues in Westminster to stop Brexit and restore Britain’s tarnished reputation among our allies and partners across the European Union.”
Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“I am delighted that Caroline has been chosen as the new leader of the Liberal Democrat delegation.
“The European Elections showed that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain, and in this general election we are the only national party campaigning to stop Brexit.#
“Liberal Democrat MEPs are doing a fantastic job in the EU and I am planning for them to be serving in Europe for their full five-year term at least.”
Catherine Bearder MEP commented:
”It has been an honour and a privilege to lead this new large delegation into the European Parliament. I continue as an MEP for the South East and to fight to stop Brexit. Caroline will be an excellent and determined leader of our delegation.”
“The European elections were a turning point for the Liberal Democrats, as the strongest party of remain, and we are looking forward to making substantial gains in the general election. The British Lib Dems will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to make the madness that is Brexit stop.”