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  • 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: Dec 20, 2021
    By Will Aczel, Exeter Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats won a stunning victory in North Shropshire, taking one of the Conservatives' 'so-called' safest seats.

    Will Aczel went up to North Shropshire to campaign all day Wednesday and Thursday last week with fellow young people from the South West, here is his take:

    "I spoke with many voters on the doorstep who brought such a smile to my face because we agreed what a good MP, and PM, would look like.

  • Helen Morgan
    Article: Dec 18, 2021

    34% swing to Lib Dems sees Tories lose one of their safest seats

    Torridge and West Devon Lib Dems have congratulated Helen Morgan on her spectacular win in North Shropshire yesterday, overturning a Conservative majority of nearly 23,000.

    Steve Middleton, Chair of Torridge and West Devon Lib Dems, said:

  • 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.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2021

    I've often said history points to two routes for Liberal Democrat (and before that Liberal Party) revivals. One, which we'd much rather avoid, is a foreign disaster - Iraq, former Yugoslavia, Suez… The other is seizing electoral opportunities outside Westminster general elections to give us momentum, increased prominence and growing relevance.

  • Article: Dec 8, 2021

    The scenes of people trying to cross the Channel demand urgent action. They also show that the Government's approach isn't working.

    in her two years as Home Secretary, Priti Patel has only made the problem worse."

    These crossings are incredibly dangerous - as demonstrated so tragically by the deaths of 27 people when their dinghy sank two weeks ago. They line the pockets of the criminal gangs engaged in people smuggling and human trafficking. And they undermine public confidence in our whole immigration system.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021

    When I arrived in London as a teenager, Sir John Major was Prime Minister. I felt a connection with the City. My political views formed, firstly at university, and later whilst living in Islington. I joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I was honoured to be elected as the Lead London Regional Diversity Champion. I continuously help to increase participation and engagement within our inclusion and diversity teams. I am vocal within Liberal Democrats Members to help represent those underrepresented in the UK Politics. In 2020 I founded the national BLAC Liberal Democrats (Blac Lives Action Committee) with the mission to make heard the voice of Black members within the Party.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    Dear Lib Dem friends,

    I know already you are as keen as I am to improve the experience of people from under-represented groups within the party, particularly people who are not White. May I
    thank you now for your excellent attitude, for listening closely to my suggestions on what to do. The improvements are immediately noticeable. Please keep going.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021

    Vision

    My goals for this role are:

    • I want to help provide a platform for better training and promote a programme that supports ethnic minority members to develop their potential, so they are competently able to stand for external and internal elections of office;
    • I want to see established an attractive and resilient message that helps to build a strong foundation for the Liberal Democrats to engage in Ethnic Minority communities;
    • Within the party, I want to establish a better understanding of Ethnic minority issues on housing, education, LGBT+, heath, crime, etc. This will allow us to better serve the ethnic minority communities at a national and local level.