The National:

IN the news only Sir Ed Davey has been waiting for, Sir Ed Davey has been named the new LibDem leader.

He defeated Layla Moran to become Jo Swinson's successor.

You could be forgiven for forgetting about the vote – as almost half of LibDem members did, with a meagre 57% bothering to cast their ballot.

READ MORE: Ed Davey becomes LibDem leader in landslide victory over Layla Moran

You could also be forgiven for forgetting who the new leader is.

To help jog your memory, we’ve picked out his statements on Scottish independence.

Ahead of the 2019 leadership contest with Swinson, he compared pro-independence Scots to right-wing Brexiteers.

He told the Press and Journal: “I think the right-wing Tory Brexiteers are undermining the United Kingdom in a dramatic way. I utterly reject what people like Boris Johnson stand for.

“I think nationalism in its populist sense, which you see from the Brexiteers and the Farages, you see echoes of that in Scotland which seeks to break up the country that I love.”

READ MORE: LibDem leadership hopefuls liken SNP to 'populist' Brexiteers

Davey also suggested the Vow – promised by his party leader Nick Clegg, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Gordon Brown in 2014 – had not been delivered.

He said: “I would work with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and wider Scottish politics to get that final settlement and take max devolution type proposals further forward, it was promised in the Scottish independence referendum and we have got to make sure that that agenda is fully delivered.”

READ MORE: LibDem Ed Davey says the Vow has not been delivered​

And in the run up to the December General Election in December, he insisted his party would try to block indyref2.

“Liberal Democrat MPs who get elected on the basis of opposing a second independence referendum would vote to oppose it,” he said.

Despite his ardent Unionism, Davey gave everyone a few laughs last year when he claimed to be an “anti-Conservative politician”.

Apart from the period in which he served as a minister in David Cameron’s coalition government, of course.