• I Joined To Win – a year on
    Just over a year ago I wrote a piece for Lib Dem Expand, all about winning a tremendous council election victory in deepest Labour Rotherham. Since then I have of course learnt that in politics you also have to do an awful lot of losing. Two national parliamentary by-elections. Five council by-elections here in South … Continue reading I Joined To Win – a year on
  • Tara Hussain on Future Women MPs Weekend
    As I stepped out of Milton Keynes Central there was a whiff of nostalgia in the air. I couldn’t help but think of the many great women that had taken the same journey before me, many of whom are sitting in Parliament today (Layla Moran, Jo Swinson, Christine Jardine and Wera Hobhouse!). I considered this … Continue reading Tara Hussain on Future Women MPs Weekend
  • Young People Are Not Only Wanted on Ballot Papers, But Needed
    I couldn’t possibly pinpoint what possessed an 18 Year Old, in his first year of University to stand for local council on a platform of better cycling and more green spaces, but whatever it was, it led to what was 100% the most rewarding experience of my life and one I fully intend to repeat. … Continue reading Young People Are Not Only Wanted on Ballot Papers, But Needed
  • Back to Work
    Liberal Democrat Expand was on hiatus for the local elections, but returns now brimming with ideas   Did you know that it was a string of strong local elections results that first provided the impetus for the launch of Liberal Democrat Expand? As we wrote in Lib Dem Voice in June 2016: “When we launched we … Continue reading Back to Work
  • Hiatus for Local Elections
    We’re now into the short campaign for local elections on May 3rd. As such, Liberal Democrat Expand will be on hiatus. Building up our party – both locally and nationally – is an ongoing process. And while elections are milestones, they’re not the whole journey. Like the winning of elections themselves, the work needs to … Continue reading Hiatus for Local Elections
  • What we’re looking forward to at #LDConf in Southport
    If you’ve been following our work for very long, you’ll know that we absolutely love conference. Each conference we take a look through the agenda, and highlight the top trainings, fringes and debates – all with a 650 Strategy in mind. If we’re to build our party up we need to make sure we’ve got skilled … Continue reading What we’re looking forward to at #LDConf in Southport
  • The best of #IWD2018 from Lib Dems across the UK
    Yesterday was International Women’s Day. It’s an important day, celebrating the achievements of women across all aspects of society – and also as a rallying cry to achieve gender equality. At Liberal Democrat Expand, we recognise that there is a lot to do. Women comprise little over a third of MPs, and an IPPR study … Continue reading The best of #IWD2018 from Lib Dems across the UK
  • Drowning in a Sea of Blue
    To Win Across the Country We Need To Speak About The Issues That Matter Locally If I stand out and observe the view from my favourite spot in Scarborough , all I can see for miles is a sea of blue. That’s not just because Scarborough is right on the North Sea coast, but also because I … Continue reading Drowning in a Sea of Blue
  • Alderdice Report released
    Yesterday the Alderdice Report on Race, Ethnic Minorities and the Culture of the Liberal Democrats was released. Lord Alderdice said “Despite our clear liberal values, rejecting all forms of prejudice and inequality, the Party has failed to engage sufficiently with BAME communities”. Diversity is vital to rebuilding our party, and a key pillar of any … Continue reading Alderdice Report released
  • 100 years since women first got the vote
    Today marks the centenary or women first getting the vote in the UK.  On 6 February 1918, the Representation of the People Act was brought into law. At first the franchise extended to women above 30 who met a property qualification – while it was a right held by all men over the age of 21. … Continue reading 100 years since women first got the vote