Vince Cable has set out the direction he wants to lead the country, in his first conference speech as party leader. An Exit from Brexit, a return to Economic Stability, and an increase in Intergenerational Fairness.
“Anyone who doubts the relevance of the Liberal Democrats should reflect on the three great disasters perpetrated by the two main parties in recent years: the war in Iraq; the banking crisis; now Brexit.” said Vince Cable as he opened his key note speech.
"At the end of these tortuous divorce negotiations, the British public must be given a vote on the outcome. Let me be clear about this. This is not a call for a re-run. This is not a call for a second referendum on Brexit. This is a call for a first referendum on the facts. When we know what Brexit means, the people should get the choice: the government deal or an ‘exit from Brexit’."
"What the country needs – more investment; more innovation; more training and retraining; more patient, long term capital; the renaissance of manufacturing and the nurturing of creative industries; the greening of the economy."
"The housing crisis is at the heart of a growing and deeply corrosive inequality between generations. Elderly people, of course, deserve respect. But meanwhile young people face employment that is insecure, and unaffordable housing. And – now – a future of narrowing horizons and closing frontiers, which the vast majority of under 25s never voted for. As Britain’s government of the future, Liberal Democrats will always be their voice and their champion.
"Home ownership, which spread wealth for generations, is no longer a realistic prospect for younger people with moderate means. This country needs a massive injection of public investment: in the railway network, in broadband; and in housing. Every pound spent building modern Britain will be returned many times over.
"A doubling of annual housing supply to buy and rent is needed, but we know that private developers alone will not make this happen. It is utterly absurd that councils are allowed to borrow to speculate in commercial property but are stopped from borrowing to build affordable council houses. This triumph of ideological dogma over common sense must stop. Government must take the lead and get building."
"I want to recapture the pioneering spirit that in the mid-20th century brought about developments like Milton Keynes and the new towns. I want to see a new generation of garden cities and garden villages spring up in places where demand presently outstrips supply.