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Liberal Democrats end year with historic membership growth

January 9, 2014 9:51 AM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats ended 2013 with 43,451 members, nearly 1000 more than we had at the start of the year.

Stronger Economy. Fairer Society.This is historic for two reasons. Firstly, we're the only party in recent history to increase their membership during a year in Government. Secondly, the party's membership has dropped every year for the last decade (excluding a couple of bumps before general elections), so getting back to a position of growth in the middle of the electoral cycle is a significant achievement.

Underlying this headline is some more good news. The party's retention of members is now just under 90%, which is comparable to other leading membership organisations, and we are recruiting new members at twice the rate we were a year ago.

We've achieved this through a combination of enormous hard work from a fantastically talented team at party HQ, a real show of faith from the various party committees and senior management who have allowed us to make some significant changes to how we reward local parties for membership growth, and of course the efforts of the hundreds of campaigners across the country who have recruited and renewed thousands of members.

Of course there is more to do, the party's membership is still lower than we want it to be. However we are now growing, the party is getting stronger every month and if we build on this momentum then that extra capacity will make a real difference to our prospects in 2015.

If you want to join us, you can do so here.

* Austin Rathe is the Head of Member and Supporter Development at Liberal Democrats HQ in London

Membership in East Midlands

Membership in East Midlands increased by 15% in 2013 to a total of 2430. This increase of over 300 new members in our strategic seats represented a third of the national total.

However the really good news is that membership has increased by 56, over 3% ,in the first 8 days of 2014

Keep this up and we will more than double our membership in 2014