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!