Who is Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party?

What you need to know about the current Lib Dem leader

Who is Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party?


Ed Davey (b. 1965) is the current leader of the Liberal Democrat Party. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before becoming an economic analyst for the Liberal Democrats. He then worked for the management firm Omega Partners before becoming MP for Surbiton in 1997.

Under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, Davey served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business (2010-12) and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2012-15). Davey became the party leader in 2020, succeeding Jo Swinson. Davey was knighted in the 2016 new year honours for ‘political and public service.’

What you need to know

A voice for carers. Due to his own personal experience caring for his mum, maternal grandmother and disabled son, Davey aims to champion social care as the Liberal Democrat leader. As Davey explains, “...too often carers get a raw deal - as I’ve seen through my own experience caring for close family during my life. I’m determined to change that and build a truly caring society.

Davey supports a ceasefire in Gaza. Soon after the conflict began, Davey stated, “Liberal Democrats are urging the UK Government to call for an immediate bilateral ceasefire, as the best option to achieve a political solution.”


The Liberal Democrats are running on their Fair Plan in the 2024 election:

  1. A fair, prosperous and innovative economy that promotes opportunity and wellbeing.

  2. Fair access to good public services and a strong social safety net.

  3. A flourishing environment, with fair access to nature for all.

  4. A strong United Kingdom and a fair international order.

  5. A truly fair democracy, where everyone’s rights are respected and individuals and communities are empowered.

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