Sal Speaks: February 2017

Party President Sal Brinton looks back on the last month for the Liberal Democrats

By Sal Brinton Feb 15, 2017 12

After the three autumn by-elections, we breathed a sigh of relief after all our hard work, thrilled with Sarah Olney's victory and the evident resurgence of the party. And yet, here we are again, with two Parliamentary by-elections in Stoke on Trent Central and Copeland, caused by their Labour MPs leaving parliament for jobs elsewhere.

If you have been able to help, thank you, and if you can help in the next few days please do: polling day for both is Thursday 23 February.

Dr Zulfiqar Ali and Rebecca Hanson are doing the party proud with their strong campaigning on why we need to fight for the UK's place in the EU and especially in the Single Market. Good luck to them and their teams!

The passage of the Article 50 Bill through the Commons has triggered more than 5,000 people to join the party. I want to welcome you to the Lib Dems and to the real voice of opposition to the Government.

As the Bill starts in the Lords next week, the Lib Dem team will be putting forward amendments on a range of subjects, led by Dick Newby and Sarah Ludford. If you want to keep up with what our team in the Lords is doing, please sign up to their weekly newsletter by clicking on this link.

The party meets for its Spring Conference in York starting on the evening of Friday 17 March. We will have important debates on Trident, Brexit/Article 50 and many more, so if you haven't had a chance to book, please do so. 

Register for conference

I'm delighted to report that at the moment the bookings so far show nearly a quarter will be first-time attendees, and we will be running a webinar for first-time attendees on Monday 13 March, so please sign up when we email you in a few days.

Finally, and as important as the parliamentary by-elections, our campaigns for the local elections in England (Counties and some Met Mayors), Scotland and Wales on 4 May are now getting well under way.

I have spent this week touring Cornwall, meeting our candidates and their teams, and getting out on the doorsteps, even if it has been a bit blustery.

Sal in CornwallThe response we are getting on the doorstep nationally is very encouraging and so different to two years ago. The Cornwall team are really impressive and there is much dissatisfaction with the Tory run Council. Our local government

Our local government by-election wins last year and this have shown we can make significant gains across the country, but we need to get out there, knock on doors and deliver leaflets.

More help you are able to give your local candidates from now on, the better, and if you don't have elections locally, your local party can help you find out where you can support. Thank you for your help.


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