Article: Jan 18, 2022
The headline "two new MPs so far in this Parliament" is a welcome one. Winning, especially winning with record swings, is what we all want.
Underneath the headline is a lot of hard work, plenty of tough decisions, and a drive to improve. We should all be thankful to our activists, staff and supporters.
Article: Jan 17, 2022
A series of free to attend, direct engagement events taking place across the East of England designed to hear what you, our members, have to say.
Each event will be opened via live stream on a giant screen by an independent political commentator. Adam Boulton (until recently Editor at large for Sky News) will open the first roadshow on Thursday 17 February in Bury St Edmunds.
Article: Jan 14, 2022By Duncan Brack
You may remember, last November, taking part in a survey on members' views on Brexit and the party's campaigning on the future of UK-EU relations. Thanks to everyone who participated - 6,500 members, more than any previous survey of this type - and thanks to Greg Foster and Dan Schmeising at party HQ who organised it on behalf of the Federal Policy Committee. This article gives you the results.
Article: Jan 13, 2022
After the disappointment and failure of the 2019 general election, an independent post-mortem was carried out into what went wrong. The findings of the Thornhill Review set a broad and challenging reform agenda for the party, which we've made good progress on implementing so far.
On the role of the Federal Board itself, the Thornhill Review found that:
Article: Jan 12, 2022
FPC members started the year bright and early with our first meeting last week. We cancelled our December meeting so we could all focus on North Shropshire, so this was our first meeting since November.
Big areas of focus for FPC this year will be further work on our messages and key policies to support them, leading up eventually to the Manifesto for the next General Election; and our substantial programme of working groups developing policies in politically useful areas, to bring to autumn conference.
Article: Jan 10, 2022
In 2021 we achieved something we've not achieved since 1993: winning two Parliamentary by-elections in the same year off the Conservatives. We start this new year with a larger Parliamentary Party than any of us would have dared dream of a year ago. (A winning run that has continued with the first council by-election of this year too - congratulations to now councillor Andrew Dunkin who won a seat from Labour from third place.)
Article: Jan 10, 2022By Green Liberal Democrats
We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing festive period.
2022 will be an essential year for the Green Liberal Democrats, the party, and the wider environmental movement.
Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 4PM on Saturday the 29th January.
The AGM provides a platform to elect our officers and executive and agree on a shared direction of travel in this most vital year.
Article: Dec 20, 2021By Green Liberal Democrats
It's been a great week to be a Liberal Democrat. Green Liberal Democrat Accredited Candidate Helen Morgan defied the odds. Meanwhile, a hard-fought victory for Suzanne Fairless-Aitken in Hexham East took Northumberland County Council out of Conservative control.Since May 2021, we have gained the most seats in local byelections of any UK party. We accumulated more votes than any other party. We have won two headline Parliamentary seats through incredible vote swings. We're a strong campaign force again. But we cannot rest.
Article: Dec 17, 2021
Liberal Democrats won a stunning victory in North Shropshire, taking one of the Conservatives' safest seats.
Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Morgan received 17,957 votes, representing a swing of 34% from the Conservatives and giving her a majority of 5,925.
North Shropshire was the 58th safest Conservative seat in the country, with former Conservative MP Owen Paterson having a majority of almost 23,000 votes in 2019. This represents the second biggest majority overcome in a modern by-election, after Christchurch in 1993.
Article: Dec 14, 2021
Liberal Democrats have and always will support public health protections that work but the use of so called "vaccine passports'' provides a false sense of security.
The Government has lost sight of why they put forward these measures in the first place - to reduce transmission of the virus. The vaccines being given in the UK are highly effective at reducing the severity of Covid symptoms, the likelihood of admission to hospital and against the risk of death. But even those who are fully vaccinated can still spread the virus.