Brighton Pier

Brighton Conference #LibDemPint

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EVERYONE WELCOME (newbies & oldies)

If you are heading to Brighton on Friday, 16th September 2016, please get your free ticket for our Lib Dem Newbie UK #LibDemPint here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-conference-2016-libde…

Location: Horatio’s Bar, Brighton Pier

If you are heading to Brighton and wish to meet others there, please let us know and we will arrange a pre-event meet-up, so that you feel welcomed and not just thrown in at the deep end.

** Proposed Schedule **
Compere: Jenny Wilkinson
8:30pm – Becky Forrest (LibDemNewbiesUK)
8:45pm – Louise Bowe (LibDemNewbiesUK & ALDC)
9:00pm – Cllr Carl Cashman (Knowsley Borough Council)
9:15pm Catherine Bearder MEP Q&A (MEP for South East)
9:45pm – Tim Farron MP Q&A (Liberal Democrats Leader)

This event has been organised by a group of volunteers from the Lib Dem Newbies UK Facebook group and promises to be a great start to the weekend!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320694618261833/

Lib Dem Autumn Conference Link: http://www.libdems.org.uk/autumn-conference

Polling Station Sign

Upcoming By-Elections – 15/09/2016

Tupton (North East Derbyshire DC)

Labour seat.

Lib Dem Candidate : David Hancock

If you want to help contact David via email david@canon-guide.com or Ross Shipman via email ross.shipman89@gmail.com. Also there are action days planned for this Sunday, and on Polling Day (Click for Facebook Events).

Castle (Carlisle DC)

Labour seat.
Lib Dem Candidate : Alison Hobson.

Bishops Castle (Shropshire)

Lib Dem seat
Lib Dem candidate : Jonny Keeley.

Blakelaw (Newcastle CC)

Labour seat
Lib Dem candidate : Ciaran Morrissey.
To help, please contact Greg Stone on 07747 862582 or email greg@gregstone.org.uk.

Burton Latimer TC

Independent seats (x2)
Lib Dem candidate : Jenny Davies.
To help, please contact Chris Nelson at chris@chrisnelson.org.uk or telephone 07824645049.

To keep up to date on all upcoming elections visit the ALDC By-Election pages.

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By-Election Report – 08/09/2016

Congratulations to Gail Smith and the Sheffield Liberal Democrats on their stunning victory in yesterday’s Mosborough By-Election!

The Lib Dems came 4th last time out, but after a great campaign by local candidate Gail Smith and the team they managed to surge into first place with a 20.5% swing from Labour as Labour slipped back to 2nd place.

All 4 by-elec results are in. consistent theme of Labour losing vote share (3-9pts). 20.5% swing to LDs in Sheffield.

Labour’s falling vote share, possibly not helped by local members deciding to phone bank for Corbyn’s leadership campaign rather than the by-election, was a consistent theme last night. In all 4 by-elections they lost vote share, even if they did hang on to 2 of the 3 defences.

Last night’s gain also takes our total number of Gains since May 2016 to 12! Way ahead of everyone else.

Council Seat Gains since May 2016 - 09/09/2016 - shows the Liberal Democrats with 12 Gains and no Losses.

Hat tip to Brian Milnes for this particular Lib Dem Bar Chart.

Elsewhere though there were reasons to be less cheerful. UKIP held on to there defence in Shepway South (Maidstone) and increased vote share everywhere but Mossborough and the Lib Dems didn’t field as candidate in 2 of the 4 by-elections – Yeoman Hill (Mansfield) and Parkway (Barrow-in-Furness). Additionally the other Lib Dem candidate who stood last night – Milden Halyungu Choongo in Shepway South – slipped further back in last place.

Britain Elecs graphic showing By-Election results from 08/09/2016

Full details of last nights By-Election results can be found on the ALDC website’s By-Election Results page.

Well done to all who stood last night regardless of the result. It is really important that we stand candidates in all by-elections in order to build the habit of voting Liberal Democrat. If there is no candidate of ours on the ballot paper we are depriving someone of their ability to vote for us. If you are interested in standing as a candidate please get in touch with your Local Party or ALDC.

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Marching for Europe

Like the many thousands of people across the UK who took part in the March for Europe on September 3rd in Bristol, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge and a dozen other towns and cities, I donned my Team INtogether t-shirt and made the long drive down to London.

After battling through the traffic I finally made my way to the starting point at Marble Arch. On the drive down I had been worried that I would be one of a handful to turn up, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. A huge throng of blue t-shirts and golden stars greeted me as hundreds of people lofted placards, balloons, flags, banners and flyers. The crowd was so large that we soon had to be escorted down to the main parade on Park Lane just to get us out of the way!

As I had come alone I decided to explore the crowd and talk to as many people as possible, trying to soak up the atmosphere created by so many like-minded people. One guy, Tom, had joined the party only the day before and was keenly handing out membership leaflets to everyone we passed:
“I felt sick when I woke up to find out we had voted to Leave. Over the next few weeks I knew I had to do something about it, and the Lib Dems seem to be the only party who care about what Remainiers want”
He was not alone in his stance or his conviction, and as I continued my stumble up the march, bouncing from one conversation to the next, my path was eventually blocked by a bright yellow banner held by Sal Brinton (President of the Liberal Democrats), Catherine Bearder MEP, Baroness Sarah Ludford and fellow Newbie members Ukonu Obasi and Elizabeth Barnard – and soon me.

Despite our close formation our column marched quickly down London’s streets; from Picadilly and on to Trafalgur Square before passing Downing Street and ending at Parliament Square. Through our chants of ‘We love you EU, we do’ and ‘We don’t want no Brexit’ (with Kelly-Marie Blundell armed with a small megaphone) we heard the beep of supportive car-horns and even clapping from many of the spectators watching us pass. I’ll never forget us passing through Trafalgur Square and seeing Lib Dem member Paolo from Harrow sat on the roof of his Classic Ciquento car with his legs through the sun roof; blasting his horn with his foot as he waved his EU flags for all to see!

When the march ended at Parliament Square and the speeches started, I saw on opportunity to use our banner to act as a backdrop for Owen Jones post-speech interview. We proceeded to photo-bomb TV interviews with Peter Tatchell and Eddie Izzard with as many billboards, flags and signs as possible – making sure Libby was seen everywhere!

We had a fantastic day and showed the Lib Dems won’t take Brexit lying down. If you have the chance to attend a march, do so, as there is nothing quite like it!