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Liberal Democrat was launched by grassroots activists in 2016 with inspiration from Governor Howard Dean’s ’50 State Strategy’ for the Liberal Democrats.

As we wrote in our launch statement at the time, the 2016 local election results showed that in many places we were still a force to be reckoned with (following our 2015 cataclysm). Yet in many places we were all but invisible: no infrastructure, no candidates, no progress.

The party has begun its long road to recovery since that time – but we are still far from where we need to be. After a series of challenging elections (punctuated with some historic local election and European Parliament results), the case for the equivalent of a 50 State Strategy for the Liberal Democrats is just as strong.

We need to be investing in local parties up and down the country; spreading best practice and training, and building the capacity and networks we need to win.

As we summed up in 2016: “We are not eschewing targeting, and we are not saying that we expect to elect 632 Liberal Democrat MPs. What we are saying is that every Local Party should be ambitious for its own future, and for the future of the party as a whole. Whether that is snatching the parliamentary seat, taking control of the council or, indeed, having a council group for the first time. Liberal Democrat Expand will be doing the research and finding the best practice to help the 650 State Strategy become reality”.

We hope that you will join us in this mission to rebuild our party.