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Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.
What is Conference?
Liberal Democrat Conference is a twice-yearly event where members gather to put forward, debate and vote on the Party’s national policies. There are keynote speeches from the Leader, MPs and other senior figures, and Party committees present their annual reports to the membership. Beyond the main Conference hall, there’s a wide range of training on campaigning, fundraising, recruitment, plus advice sessions for those interested in being candidates for councils and Parliament. At lunchtimes and in the evenings there are plenty of fringe meetings with a chance to discuss ideas with speakers from party groups and national organisations. There are receptions, a disco, and even a singalong night, and there’s always a large crowd in the Conference bar at the end of the day.Read more
Britain needs to build more than 200,000 new homes each year. We’ve all said it so many times before. Yet we are falling short of this target.
That’s why the Housing Finance Institute (HFI) is being launched. To help to get the money to build the homes we need. The aims of the HFI are to increase housing supply across all tenures; to unlock opportunities for the public sector and to help business to deliver and finance housing.
We’re thrilled with our successful by-election result in Wallington South ward in Sutton. It feels good to be winning again, writes Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey.
And in case you’re thinking - hah! Sutton! Lib Dem held seat in Lib Dem run Council and in a Lib Dem MP’s constituency - easy peasy! Well, you’d be wrong.
Manatee, as we’re calling it, is a piece of technology we’ve developed to allow us to deliver targeted messages to voters through Facebook and YouTube based on data we have collected from them and stored in Connect.
Canvassing is a really important part of our campaign, but if you've never done it before, it can seem pretty daunting at first. It shouldn't be. Here are some tips if you're a first-time canvasser.
Remember to make your volunteers welcome, and to put their generously-given time to the best use, writes Mark Pack.
Trade associations, business groups, NGOs and charities are all praising the Liberal Democrat manifesto, especially the five priorities we put on our front page:
Trevor York joins the party leader for a day’s campaigning on the Lib Dem battlebus.
Hilary Stephenson, the Liberal Democrats' Director of Elections and Field Operations, jargon-busts GOTV.