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Simon Hughes confirmed as Lib Dem president

North Southwark and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes has been re-elected unopposed to serve another two-year term as president of the Liberal Democrats.

"It is a huge privilege to be elected for a second term," says Simon Hughes. "I am very grateful to all those from England, Scotland, Wales and Brussels, and from my own local party who nominated me."

Two years ago Mr Hughes was elected federal president of the Liberal Democrats in a contest with Lembit Opik. This time there were no other candidates for the job.

He added: "I pledge myself to work alongside Sir Menzies Campbell and our party leaders in Scotland and Wales to deliver the successes which await in local, national and UK elections in the months ahead.

"One good speech by Tony Blair and the many David Cameron photo opportunities will not fundamentally change the British political landscape. Liberal Democrats are relentlessly pushing forward and I will do everything I can to keep us moving firmly towards government across Britain."

Last week Mr Hughes confirmed that he plans to contest the next general election as Lib Dem candidate for the renamed Old Southwark and Bermondsey constituency.

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