It’s an exciting time to be liberal.
In the wake of the party’s storming result in the Witney by-election, we’re going to be talking about campaigns and what it means to be an activist. There will be rousing speeches from party members, time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Kensington and Chelsea councillor Andrew Lomas recently joined the Lib Dems from Labour. A former academic scientist, Andrew stood for parliament in 2010 when his calls for a Royal Commission to examine drugs laws led to him being named the best candidate for science by The Guardian. Andrew now practises as a barrister and is interested in technology, access to justice and constitutional reform.
Christine is an international specialist and business owner from Hillingdon who has campaigned tirelessly against the Brexit narrative. She had always voted Lib Dem but never considered herself political ‘with a large P’ until the EU referendum in June. Since then, Christine has furthered her engagement with both with pro-EU groups and leave voters, using her knowledge of the language technique, Discussions for Solutions. Inspired by the Lib Dem message, she joined the party in September and immediately threw herself into campaigning in the Witney by-election.
Joe was 18 when he was first elected to Cotswold District and Cirencester Town Councils and became the youngest mayor in the UK following his election as Mayor of Cirencester in 2013. Now a Gloucestershire country councillor, Joe has an impressive campaign record which includes scrapping plans for 24/7 parking charges and the post-Olympics scheme, ‘Game on’ which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access sporting opportunities.
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