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Liberate UK: a new Lib Dem initiative

October 11, 2017 11:38 AM
By Ross Shipman in Liberal Democrat Newswire

LiberateThe biggest and most successful online engagement ever run with party members is the Lib Dem Newbies group on Facebook: run by volunteers and mostly by newer members too. There's a lesson in that for party old lags like myself, Mark Pack, to learn from, which is something discussed further in the pamphlet reviewed above. To complement those reviews, I've also asked Ross Shipman from the Newbies group to write about their new project: Liberate UK.

Since its as birth as a group of new members meeting in a local pub in 2015, the Lib Dem Newbies UK group has grown in strength and purpose to welcome thousands of people to the party and help new members learn new skills, connect with their local parties and meet fellow activists from around the country.

By providing a welcoming and supportive network for new members, we have been able to help encourage hundreds of people to become voices for their community. Ranging from local community champions to hard-working new councillors, from national campaigners to even an MP, we are proud that we can support as many people as we can to change Britain's future.

From such strong foundations, we want to reach out to those liberals across the political spectrum - those who share our liberal values - so we are launching Liberate UK, an outward-facing liberal group designed to engage with Lib Dem members as well as those who aren't necessarily politically active, but champion liberal values in their day to day lives. It is our hope that we will also be able to attract those who are liberals at heart, but might not yet know it.

While many groups have tried to achieve the same; we believe that the same inclusive, supportive and engaging methods that have made Lib Dem Newbies such a success will allow Liberate UK to grow from strength to strength and bring liberals from across British politics back under the central Liberal banner that our country desperately needs.

This movement is driven by its members and for its members. There will be content from campaigners, elected representatives, commentators, opinion pieces, events and, most importantly, a touch of humour.

We hope that you will join us on our journey by liking and sharing our regular content; as we continue to fight for a truly Liberal government in the UK.

If you have any content you wish to share, please email it to ross.shipman@nedbd-libdems.com with as much information attached to it as possible.