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Back in business: how the Liberal Democrats turned their luck around

The next challenge for the party is to cut through on issues beyond Brexit

By John Curtice  

Ed Davey congrats Jo Swinson as she is announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

When on 14th March Vince Cable announced his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats, the party’s prospects looked fairly bleak. The Lib Dems still showed little sign of rising much above the 7-8 per cent at which they had been stuck in the polls for the last five years or so. At the same time, they faced an apparently significant challenge to their role as Britain’s principal socially liberal…

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