I want to make a big, open offer to all those liberal Conservatives who watch with dismay as their party moves ever-more to the right in an attempt to beat UKIP at their own game with quasi-racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. An offer to all those Conservatives who despair at proposals from David Cameron which put at risk Britain's membership of the European Union and the 3 million-plus jobs which come with it. And those Tory MPs who have supported gay marriage and Lib Dem policies which properly tackle climate change who fear being de-selected by their out-of-touch local party associations...
Come join the party which has anchored this Coalition Government into the centre-ground.
Come join the party which welcomes economically productive immigration and free movement of labour within the European Union.
Come join the party which takes the risk which climate change presents to our way of life seriously and is willing to take action to fight it.
Come join the party which proposed and delivered the votes for equal marriage.
Come join the one and only party which truly wants Britain to do its patriotic duty and LEAD from within the European Union on all these issues and so much more.
Come join my fellow Liberal Democrats and I as we build a stronger economy in a fairer society so that everyone can get on in life.