• “I would definitely recommend Kickstart”
    Having finally got more involved with the party in the 2017 General Election I decided it was time to spend some time working out what my longer term contribution to the party could be. Like others in the party I have a range of skills that I’ve developed outside the party that would be useful, … Continue reading “I would definitely recommend Kickstart”
  • Rusholme 2017: A by-election within a by-election
    I was sat in my grandmother’s front room when the news broke that veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, the father of the house, had passed away. He had been Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton for over 40 years, and his hard work turned Gorton into one of the safest Labour seats in the … Continue reading Rusholme 2017: A by-election within a by-election
  • If Democrats can win in Alabama…
    There’s been quite a lot for Liberals to celebrate this week. On Wednesday Parliament voted in favour of Amendment 7 to the EU Withdrawal Bill, meaning that Parliament would have a say on the the future Brexit Deal. The government was defeated by just four votes! More relevant to LibDem Expand, perhaps, was a piece … Continue reading If Democrats can win in Alabama…
  • We need to nurture young candidates
    Since joining the party after the 2015 general election, I was always someone who was keen to stand, but didn’t take the plunge until recently. Deciding to stand can be daunting, especially as a young person where you worry endlessly about your experience levels, but I am now a candidate for the 2018 local elections … Continue reading We need to nurture young candidates
  • Galvanising new members to grow our party
    If Liberal Democrats are going to build a Liberal Britain we need to elect Liberal Democrats at all levels across the country. This sounds obvious, but it hasn’t happened yet. The place to start is by actively engaging the thousands of people who, to quote Tim Farron, “stopped crying into their coffees and did something”. … Continue reading Galvanising new members to grow our party
  • Mentoring within the party, and how local parties can support each other
    Today is UK National Mentoring Day. It’s a day that recognises the value of mentoring – both for mentor and mentee. Speaking to my friends and colleagues – especially in the Young Liberals – I know that having a mentor in the party really makes a difference to young people’s experience. But it’s often down … Continue reading Mentoring within the party, and how local parties can support each other
  • A start-up model would be great for the Liberal Democrats, but not for the reasons you think
    Much has been said since 2015 of how the party needs to modernise, and the start-up analogy is one that gets thrown about quite often. This normally focuses on the idealised Facebook idea of start-ups – a technology-driven organisation that is nimble, grows quickly, and soon comes to dominate an area or industry. You can … Continue reading A start-up model would be great for the Liberal Democrats, but not for the reasons you think
  • Young and Winning
    Young and Winning is a program of training, support, and resources dedicated to helping young people in the Liberal Democrats get elected at all levels of political office. It’s designed to find out what would help an individual most throughout their campaign – whether that’s some help delivering leaflets, some help paying for literature, or … Continue reading Young and Winning
  • How do you win?
    You win by wanting to fight on the side of local people to right wrongs, fight injustice and change things for the better. That’s it really. It’s no good just putting bits of paper through doors, collecting data, recording contact rates, assembling email lists and having pointless conversations if there is no heart in it. … Continue reading How do you win?
  • 5 reasons you should join LibDem Expand
    LibDem Expand launched in 2016 following a wave of successful local elections. Inspired by Howard Dean’s ’50 State Strategy’, we advocate a 650 Strategy for the Liberal Democrats. We want a message for every voter, and to challenge the idea of ‘no go areas’.  Every local party needs to be ambitious, both for itself and … Continue reading 5 reasons you should join LibDem Expand