Brighton Pier

Update from the Lib Dem Pint – Brighton Conference

I thought I would share my experiences from the Lib Dem Pint organised for the Friday night before conference.

I got there just after 7pm as I had agreed to help out. I was given a task: speak to new members, get the reason why they joined, write it down on a whiteboad and take a photo. Easy! (It was suggested I start with myself…alas this never happened…)

So off I went round the pub which was rapidly filing up. Speaking to people was great; some people I already knew of through the Facebook group and others I had never met in my life. The responses were really good and varied; they covered everything from the defense of liberal values, equal marriage, the EU, civil liberties…I could go on! Instead, I will just put the pictures up.

Not everyone here was a new member. We say this often in the Newbie group: being a newbie is a state of mind! If you are willing to look at fresh ideas with positivity and enthusiasm whilst making our new members at home then you are definitely welcome in the Newbie group! Also, if Steve Webb is reading this (I grant you its a long shot) then there is clearly a lot of love around for you!

It was lovely to see everyone; new members and old. Some had come down on their own and new no-one; they were instantly made to feel welcome. I can confirm a good night was had by all.

See you all in York!

I joined the Lib Dems because I believe in Europe & diversity. I *heart* immigrants I joined the Lib Dems because of civil liberties and housing I joined the Lib Dems because they are the party of fairness and moderation... and they are responsible for me being able to marry. #EqualMarriage I joined the Lib Dems because I realised all life was futile... unless you do something to make a difference. #LibDemFightback I joined the Lib Dems because it's the only party that stands for my liberal values - glad I found my spiritual home! I joined the Lib Dems because they are the only party that cares about civil liberties and human rights. I joined the Lib Dems because our liberty is under threat I joined the Lib Dems because I believe we are the government of the future I joined the Lib Dems because I wanted to be part of the Lib Dem Fightback I joined the Lib Dems because we need a liberal voice I joined the Lib Dems because old habits are hard to break I joined the Lib Dems because in 2010 the party only got 57 seats and I wanted to do something about it I joined the Lib Dems because I wanted to be part of a party which would fight to keep the UK in the EU I joined the Lib Dems because I realised there was more than just left and right - and I was a Liberal I joined the Lib Dems because their mental health policy rocks I joined the Lib Dems because I want liberty for all! I joined the Lib Dems because mental health is very important to me I joined the Lib Dems because I'm a life long liberal and have come home! I joined the Lib Dems because look at the other options. I joined the Lib Dems because of Steve Webb and Nick Clegg I joined the Lib Dems because of my Dad #WinWithWebb I joined the Lib Dems because Steve Webb Lost I joined the Lib Dems because Steve Webb shouldn't have lost

Local Media Training Session at Conference

Hi All, so conference was really good… I didn’t manage the whole thing but the bits I did were back to back. We went from the main speaking/motion events, to training, to lunching, to meeting big cheeses and to drinking!

One of the Training sessions I attended was at 9am on Saturday (cruel) and it was all about dealing with and getting closer to your local media outlets.

Do you know what/who they are? I actually didn’t know all of our local press (I do now). Make a list, talk to them and get in touch to say who (candidate/activist) and what you are about (local/national liberal issues) – start to build a relationship with them. Send emails, follow on twitter and have a coffee with them.

You can send them pieces that are ‘short, sharp, relevant’ – work on the principle that six words is enough for the headline. Whatever you want to tell them about should be all in the first paragraph. The rest is just detail (not necessarily unimportant) but get the key messages out at the start.

Make sure that if there is anything that you think is news is sent to them pronto and follow up on twitter, facebook, in person….

It isn’t rocket science but it is critical to get the relationship working and right.