Meet the Politician: Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP, Leader, UK Liberal Democrats

Friday 6 November, 9am

In this latest SCDI Meet the Politician event, Sir Edward Davey MP will touch on some of the major issues currently facing Scotland and the UK, namely COVID-19 and the economic response; BREXIT and the EU Trade Deal; Climate Change and the Scottish Constitutional question. As well as hearing from Ed the meeting will offer SCDI Members the opportunity to ask key questions and discuss some of these important issues.

Ed was born in Mansfield and studied at Jesus College, Oxford, and Birkbeck, University of London. He was an economics researcher and financial analyst before being elected to the House of Commons in 1997. He served as a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson to Charles Kennedy, Menzies Campbell and Nick Clegg from 2005 to 2010. He served in various portfolios including Education and Skills, Trade and Industry, and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

As a member of the Conservative/Liberal Democrats coalition Government he was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2012 to 2015. He lost his seat in the 2015 General Election but regained it in the snap election held two years later. He subsequently served as the Liberal Democrats Home Affairs spokesperson from 2017 to 2019.

In July 2019, after the retirement of Vince Cable, he unsuccessfully ran against Jo Swinson in a leadership election but after she lost her seat at the 2019 General Election, he became Acting Leader alongside the Liberal Democrat Presidents Baroness Sal Brinton and Mark Pack, before winning the 2020 leadership election in September this year.


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