Interviewed on Liberal Democrat Voice during his campaign to be elected as president of the Liberal Democrats he said:
I left the Tories for a number of reasons, but mainly because of their position on race and immigration. As the son of an immigrant myself, I am appalled by the way the Right often takes an extreme, populist and dangerous stance on these sensitive and explosive issues. I am a true liberal and feel at home in the Lib Dems. David Cameron may have given the Conservatives a new-look, but he has not fundamentally changed his party.Chandila Fernando was also director of Liberal Vision when he stood for the Lib Dem presidency, but you wouldn't know it from that organisation's comment on this story.