Only a Liberal Democrat surge in the Conservative heartlands could oust Boris Johnson from Downing Street, Ed Davey would tell the party convention.
In the wake of surprise by-election victories in Chesham and Amersham, Lib Dem leaders will ignore the low electoral ratings and insist that their party holds the key to the next general election result.
Sir Ed will call for more help for caregivers, parents and small businesses when he delivers his first speech in front of a live audience since winning the leadership 13 months ago.
And he will demand Britain’s tough leadership on the climate emergency, along with a ban on new oil, gas and coal companies from the London Stock Exchange.
The mainly online conference has also called for a five-point “Health Data Charter” to address whether data sharing is in the interest of the public and the NHS.
And it has called for both a ban on China’s treatment of the Uighur minority and a Winter Olympics boycott, which has been widely condemned as genocide.
In June, the Lib Dems dealt a serious blow to Boris Johnson when he overturned a 16,000 majority in true-blue Chesham and Amersham – raising questions about the foundation of his “blue wall”.
“Make no mistake: the electoral arithmetic is clear. These Conservatives can’t be defeated until the next time we the Liberal Democrats win the Tory seat,” Sir Ed would tell a 100-strong gathering in London.
“Boris Johnson will be in Downing Street until we kick him out. That’s why our wins at Chesham and Amersham were so important.
“We showed – against all odds – that even the Tories can be defeated in the darkest, bluest Buckinghamshire. And we showed that the Liberal Democrats are going to do that.”
On climate action, the leader will say: “The UK must lead the world on climate action with a revolutionary new approach.
“To move trillions of dollars, yen, euro and pound out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy. Properly taking into account the powerful fossil fuel firms and powerful people in the City of London.
“Banning new oil, gas and coal companies from the London Stock Exchange. Stopping the flow of money from their pension funds to the dirty industries of the past.
“As we host global climate talks in Glasgow, we must stop London hosting the world’s fossil fuel investments.”
Sir Ed is using convention to outline his anti-Tory stance, vowing never to help Mr Johnson back to No.
He has also ruled out a formal alliance with Labor or the Green Party, but the traditional policy of equality between the big two parties has effectively ended.
The leader said he was “exactly how many people said they would not vote for the Conservatives until Johnson left”, at the door in Chesham and Amersham.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /