We need a President who is recognised by the media and taken seriously as our most senior spokesperson beside the Leader. As an MP, CJ carries the status that our President needs. This will mean she has clear authority to speak meaningfully as our representative of the Party. If deals need to be negotiated with other Parties, she will be able to command immediate respect and speak with authority.
As a former BBC and Press Association journalist and popular media guest, CJ knows how to shape a story and frame a message. Having CJ as President will also help to increase the number of Lib Dems on TV and radio, as the media will interview her as President when they would overlook someone who was unknown to the public.
Whether she is speaking at a local party dinner, on the News at Ten, in a Party Committee meeting or a cross-Party negotiation, CJ will be a strong voice for Liberal Democrat members.