Simon Hughes becomes President of the Liberal Democrats

Simon Hughes is elected President of the Liberal Democrats, defeating his only opponent Lembit Opik the MP for Montgomeryshire. After his election Hughes pledged ‘to work flat out for a big increase in Liberal Democrat seats at the next general election, to increase our membership to overtake Labour’s and grow our party’s resources, appeal and voters to make the party fit for the purpose government.’ Hughes served two terms as President, retiring in 2008.