Latest local and national Lib Dem news

  • Article: May 14, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats have selected Cllr Sarah Dyke as their candidate for the Somerton and Frome constituency.

    Sarah lives in the constituency and is from a Somerset farming family which can be traced back over 250 years to the local area. Sarah worked in the agricultural industry and is Portfolio Holder for the Environment on South Somerset District Council where she is spearheading rewilding programmes, investment in electric vehicle charging points and the council's zero-carbon targets.

  • LGBT History talk: Bernard Greaves
    Article: May 13, 2022

    This year as part of marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia we will be having a history talk.

    We can only understand where we are now in LGBT liberation through understanding where we have been, and there are striking parallels between the battles of the past and the present.

  • Article: May 13, 2022

    Liberal Democrats won right across the country in May's local elections with successes from the Scottish Highlands to Somerset, from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Kingston-Upon-Hull, from Powys to St Albans.

    Liberal Democrats elected 868 Councillors, a net gain of 224!

    We are winning again because we are listening to people. Because we hear their concerns and their frustration. Because we are standing up for our values, standing up for our communities, and fighting for a fair deal.

  • ALDC Conference Blog
    Article: May 13, 2022
    By ALDC

    The Green Liberal Democrats are running their 2022 Summer School & Conference - A Turning Point - in Nottingham on June 11th.

    2022 Chair Keith Melton states:

    "I am sure you have been as delighted as we are by the results that our party has enjoyed in the recent Local Elections.

    Throughout the United Kingdom we are better placed to represent our communities and Liberal Democrat values.

    In turn, we are able to spark ideas and projects to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

    Whilst those in positions running councils are particularly influential, even one Lib Dem can push for transformative action.

    That's why our Green Liberal Democrat Summer School and Conference is built upon training and panel discussions from experienced and inspiring councillors, leading the way in environmental Local Authority initiatives.

    I look forward to seeing you there!"

  • Article: May 12, 2022

    We're winning

    What an amazing outcome from this May's local elections:

    • Three more Liberal Democrat majority councils, taking us back to where we were before going into Coalition in 2010;
    • A net gain of 224 councillors, making this the fourth set of net gains in a row, something we've not achieved since the Iraq war;
    • 19% vote share (the national equivalent vote share, i.e. what it would have been if there were elections everywhere); and
    • The lovely bonus of seeing our sister party in Northern Ireland, Alliance, gaining seats and votes to move up to such an impressive third place.
  • Last chance EB
    Article: May 11, 2022
    By Diana Catton

    Dear Members,

    Today is the final day for earlybird tickets to "A Turning Point" at Nottingham University on Saturday, June 11th:

    Get Early Bird Tickets Now!

    Here's what you'll get with your ticket:

    • 'Green Debut' councillor and candidate training sessions.
    • Keynote speeches.
    • Panel discussions with our MPs, colleagues, and partner organisations.
    • Special Interest Groups to produce policy motions.
    • Campaign planning roundtables.
    • Networking opportunities.
    • Vegan lunch!

    Best wishes,

    Diana Catton

    Treasurer, 2022
    treasurer@greenlibdems.org.uk

    P.S: Again, earlybird tickets are available up until 23:59 today. Once they're gone, they're gone!
    Book here
  • TP Davey
    Article: May 10, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We had a bumper election.

    From winning the new unitaries of Somerset and Westmorland & Furness, taking control of Kingston upon Hull, Woking, Gosport, to becoming the largest party in Powys - Lib Dems are #winninghere.

    So many of you won seats and councils from Conservatives, Labour, Greens, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, and independents throughout the UK.

    We worked hard for our wins, but now the real work begins.

    We get elected because we know how transformative it can be when Liberal Democrats represent their communities and the climate.

    That's why, on June 11th, the Green Liberal Democrat Summer School will feature training and panel discussions designed to promote environmental action on your council.

    We are facing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. As 2022 Spring Conference Motion F34 - COP27 and Climate Empowerment for Local Government - accentuated:

    'As place-shapers, only local government holds the wide range of delivery powers and assets - and the potential for market and nonmarket mechanisms to finance action at scale - that are necessary to decarbonise housing, transport, waste and generate nature-based solutions.'

    Sir Ed Davey MP was correct, this election marks a 'turning point' for our party. We are a legitimate electoral force again.

    Our 223 new councillors and 5 new councils (so far!) represent the opportunity to ratchet up the pressure for real action around the UK.

    To find out what you can do to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss where you are, register as a delegate to the GLD Summer School and Conference within the next 48 hours to take advantage of our earlybird price of just £40.

    Attend GLD Summer School - A Turning Point

    New Member Deal!

    For those without GLD membership, we offer the 2022 ticket - where they can join GLD for £20 and get a discounted £22 ticket for the Conference, a total of £42.

    P.S: Earlybird tickets are only available until Wednesday 11th! Be sure to get in early and lock down the low price!
  • Article: May 9, 2022

    The Federal Board will be holding another surgery, a chance to come along and ask us your questions, on Monday 16th of May. You can register to join us here!

    Interested in our plans for Tiverton and Honiton? Want to know drove success in the Local Elections? Have an idea for how we can improve? This is an opportunity to talk to us.