Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her intention to seek a general election on 8th June, Simon Hughes said:
‘Liberal Democrats across Southwark are raring to go back to local voters, and relish the prospect of a general election on 8th June in all three Southwark constituencies.
‘In Bermondsey and north Southwark we are determined to win back the seat from Labour and it's really clear we can do so. Labour, Liberals and Liberal Democrats are the only parties to have won any seats in this area since the second world war, and in June we have as good a chance of winning again as we have ever had.
‘Labour are not a credible party of government nationally, and locally Bermondsey and Southwark voters need an MP again who will concentrate on fighting for the people of our borough all the year round rather than spending huge amounts of time on fighting internal battles in the Labour Party.
‘If I am selected again to be our general election candidate locally, I shall give 100% to lead the local campaign. With our hugely talented Liberal Democrat team in Southwark Council and at City Hall and our record ever number of local party members, we know we are in for the hardest of battles but are sure we can win.’
Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Hughes has issued a statement after Labour's win in the General Election in Bermondsey and Old Southwark:
"I congratulate the Labour Party for winning the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency in this month's general election. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party clearly did well in England, Scotland and Wales, but above all they did very well in many London seats including this one. Liberal Democrats were not able this time to hold back the Labour tide.
"To the thousands of people who voted for us, campaigned with us, supported us, worked for us, prayed for us, and shared our vision of liberalism, we are profoundly grateful.
"To all the hundreds of Liberal Democrat members who chose me as their candidate and worked tirelessly for our success, I am profoundly grateful.
"And to all my family and friends who encouraged me from around London and much further afield, I also give my grateful thanks.
"Liberalism and liberal democracy in Bermondsey and the rest of Southwark is strong and resilient. Liberals are proud of the ways in which we have served and will continue to serve our borough, which is one of the most challenging, diverse and wonderful places in the country.
"I invite all who supported us in our campaign to join us as members and activists - to join us in challenging the Conservative government nationally and the Labour council locally.
"We have won eight out of the last ten parliamentary elections in this seat. And in Bermondsey and Old Southwark in this election, as in other places, Liberal Democrats did not go backwards but forwards. In this seat we increased our vote this year to 18,189 - more Liberal Democrat voters here than in five of the previous nine elections.
"Our supporters can be confident that I and all other Southwark Liberal Democrats fully intend to get back to winning ways here and around the country as soon as possible."