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
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
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
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…
As one election finishes, another begins! Just as we start to recover from the General Election, a Leadership Election is called... But we're not resting on our laurels. During the coming weeks and months, this is what we're planning to do: Contact all candidates for the leadership once they have announced. Where do they stand … Continue reading LibDem Expand and the Leadership Election
After a very intense and brief campaign, we are all exhausted. But our work doesn't end here. Before saying anything else, we want to applaud the Liberal Democrat activists and candidates up and down the country who worked and worked to change Britain's future. We are delighted to have increased our seats in Parliament! However, … Continue reading After a night of modest progress, we need a 650 Strategy
This May’s elections are crucial to show that the fightback is more than a membership surge and the ability to pile in resources to local by-elections. It’s our first near-nationwide opportunity, since the referendum, so put our message to the electorate to see if we can make the significant gains the trends are currently indicating. … Continue reading GOOD NEWS FROM CORNWALL
The e-mail below was sent to Sal Brinton in her capacity as Chair of the Federal Board Strategy Working Group. The other members of the group are Sal Brinton, Jane Dodds, Neil Fawcett, Jeremy Hargreaves, Caron Lindsay, Gordon Lishman, Chris Maines and Mark Pack. Dear Sal, We are Liberal Democrat Expand. A grassroots group of … Continue reading “We need a 650 Seat Strategy” – Our Open Letter to the Federal Board Strategy Working Group
What to expect from LibDem Expand in 2017.
Liberal Democrats old and new have been encouraged by the party’s revival of its electoral fortunes in 2016. From net gains in May’s locals, to by-election success across the country, the party has shown that taking our message and delivering it to as many voters as possible is key to our revival. But we have … Continue reading What might the LibDem’s 2016 successes suggest for 2017?