AN Oxford MP will resume her race to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Layla Moran has reaffirmed her intention to stand as the party's next leader after the party's federal board decided to bring the leadership contest forward to June.

The contest had been pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said: "I welcome the decision to bring the contest forward. After the last ten years, the Liberal Democrats are at a crossroads. I look forward to setting out a revived and compassionate liberal vision at this pivotal moment in our country's history."

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She added: "I want to rebuild the Lib Dems’ campaigning strength so that we can start delivering on this vision, and start winning again for communities across the UK. That's why I’m standing to be the next Leader of the Liberal Democrats, to rebuild the Party at this crucial time."

The Liberal Democrats have published a revised timetable for the leadership contest on its website.

Formal nominations for leadership candidates will open on June 24.

Ballot papers will be sent to Lib Dem party members on July 30.

The final result will be announced on August 27.

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Bath MP Wera Hobhouse has declared she will also stand.

Edinburgh MP Christine Jardine had stood, but pulled out of the race in April.

Lib Dem interrim leader Sir Ed Davey is also expected to put his name forward.