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  • Mark Pack
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    My old Campaign Corner series looked to give three tips about commonly asked campaign issues. The pieces still have a lot of relevance, so welcome to my latest periodic update to previous posts - and do get in touch if you have any questions you would like to suggest for future posts.

    Today's Campaign Corner question:

  • Aldc
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Adam Bambrough in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Adam Bambrough, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clock House, Bromley Council in May's local elections, has shared his experience of attending November 2017's Kickstart Weekend.

    I am fairly new to the party and I've been fast-tracked to be the candidate in May for the Bromley Council seat of Clock House in Beckenham. I have always been full of determination and drive, but before attending Kickstart, I was unsure whether my instincts in this new environment were correct. I also lacked the knowledge, strategy and technique to win my ward.

  • your liberal britan
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Maria Geftar Your Liberal Britain's Coordinator

    Hi - are you wondering what you can do to actually help stop Brexit?



    If so, this is where we come in: we want to make sure that you have every possible opportunity to do just that.

    We've got more in the works, but for now here are five things you can do to help us Exit from Brexit:

    1 JOIN TOM BRAKE'S TEAM

    Are you a media professional or sector expert? Or just really passionate about stopping Brexit? Then this is the opportunity for you! The Lib Dem Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake MP, is recruiting a volunteer resource group of industry insiders, communicators and researchers to support his role in the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    Our main goal is to provide Tom Brake with a team of writers and digital activists who can ensure that his message is reflected online and communicated in the specialist and student press. The group will also be seeking to establish brand relationships that advance the party's Exit from Brexit campaign. Basically - plenty to get involved with!

    + Head over to bit.ly/BrexitResourceGroup to put your hat in the ring.

    2 SHARE YOUR STORY

    We want YOUR stories about why staying in the EU is important for your town, family, or your identity in general. Join us in our film and photography competition to get the chance to make your story difference-making in our strategy on Brexit. It's really simple. We're looking for one-minute video submissions or photos with brief captions - get creative, make them fun but above all, please make them personal.

    + Apply here: bit.ly/LaunchpadCompetition

    3 WINNING AN EXIT STRATEGY ONE TWEET AT A TIME

    The Online Champions are about to put their full weight the party's official Exit from Brexit campaign. What we mean by this? Well, the Online Champions is Your Liberal Britain's digital campaigning platform where we give digital activists and campaign managers a place to come together, to learn, to organise and to mobilise. This platform is going to be at the forefront of the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    + If you spend a fair chunk of time on Twitter or Facebook, and would like to help the party get much more done online, sign up here: bit.ly/JoinOnlineChampions

    4 DON'T WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL EU, DO IT EURSELF

    The only way we can achieve an exit from Brexit is by growing our movement: no saviour is going to step in and do it for us. So how do we do that? By talking! We all know there are plenty of disgruntled Remainers out there who are one step away from getting involved in the campaign. All you have to do is give them a call and get them to join our growing campaign, making us one step closer to spreading our message.

    5 ORGANISE AN EVENT

    Are you interested in running street stalls, public events and on the ground campaigning? Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and her team have created an Exit from Brext campaign-in-a-box to give you everything you need to get started.

    + If you're a Liberal Democrat member, for your chance to obtain a Campaign in a Box for your local party please fill out the order form here.

    ++ If you're not yet a member but want to find out how to get involved you can find your local party's contact details here and encourage them to do it! (And while you're at it, sign up to become a Lib Dem here!)

    Ok, that's all for now.

    Your Liberal Britain, Catherine Bearder team, and Tom Brake await you on the other side! (Where there's no Brexit).

    Cheers to that,

    Maria Geftar
    Your Liberal Britain's brand new Coordinator
    (It's my second week in the job - hi everyone!)


    PS. A recent poll asking participants how well Brexit is going showed that 53% said "Badly".

    (Even Nigel Farage thinks so).

    And that says a lot.

    PPS. If you're as fed up of Brexit emails as Michael Gove is of experts, you can find new ways of getting involved with the Lib Dems almost every day - and announce your own too - over on our Facebook group Lib Dem Megaphone.
    Your Liberal Britain is a grassroots initiative helping the Liberal Democrats reinvent themselves as a bold political movement that no-one can ignore.

    Learn more about our work here, and get involved here. You can read our privacy policy here.
  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    A very welcome move from not-quite-still-new Liberal Democrat Chief Executive, Nick Harvey:

    The Liberal Democrats are seeking a superbly organised project manager to undertake initial planning, detailed development, and ultimately to manage the delivery and execution of, our overarching operational plan for the party's General Election campaign - whenever it might be called.

  • Aldc
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Tom Pickstone in ALDC

    Fewer than 12 weeks until the May local elections

    There are fewer than 12 weeks until Thursday 3 May - polling day - for an important set of local elections taking place across England. 10 weeks until postal votes land on people's mats.

    It is vital that the Party shows progress in these elections. The country desperately needs a strong Liberal force standing up for what we believe in. Moving forwards in these local elections will show that we mean business.

    Everyone can help make these local elections a success. Here's three ways you can play a role:


    1. Go and help

    If you have local elections in your area (here's a list of the places that do) then please help as much as you can in your target wards (the wards we are campaigning in to win). If you don't have target wards in your area, the place next door probably does.

    If you DON'T have local elections in your area (that's all of Scotland, Wales and large parts of more rural England) then somebody not too far away does. Can you help one weekend? Can you help get the Liberal Democrat vote out on polling day or postal vote polling day?

    Please get in touch if you need the contact details for someone or somewhere. And if you need helpers in your area, let me know and we'll add your requests for help to our local elections 2018 - how you can help page.


    2. Donate

    A huge thank you to everyone who has donated already to the ALDC Local Election Appeal. The initial response has been amazing.

    We need to raise £20,000 so we can help push the 50 most marginal/winnable wards over the winning line by providing them with an additional direct mail to postal voters. I need to book the print and postal slots soon so I need to know how many wards I can afford to help.

    Please give whatever you can. Your money will mean we can help gain another Lib Dem council seat.


    3. Be a candidate

    There are nearly 4,000 council seats up for election on 3 May. We're not going to be able to mount a campaign in every one of these, but we should stand a candidate everywhere if at all possible. Thank you to everyone who is already a candidate and working hard.

    If you live (or work) in one of the council areas with elections, then you could be a real help filling any candidate gaps that are still there. Essentially, we need 'paper' candidates - i.e. you don't do anything other than allow your name to be on the ballot paper. It doesn't take up any time, but it does mean that voters in that ward have a chance to vote Liberal Democrat which is a huge help. Contact your local party to put your name forward or speak to us if you need help getting in touch with them.

    Keep up the campaign. Less than 12 weeks to go.


    Tim

    Tim Pickstone
    Chief Executive, ALDC

  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Things are changing. More and more people are waking up to the need for a new vote on the final Brexit deal.

    Even Nigel Farage is!

    What we all agree on is that Theresa May and her Brexit Conservative government are failing badly on the negotiations with the European Union.

    Half the country wants to remain in the EU and the Liberal Democrats have not given up on them.

  • Launchpad North
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    I'm rather excited about the plans for a very different sort of event for Liberal Democrat members: Launchpad. By the time you read this, the fully-booked pilot in London will have taken place but there's still time to book for the pilot on Saturday in Sheffield.

    Your Liberal Britain, which has pioneered excellent and successful innovation in the way party members are involved in our policy process, is working with party HQ to put these on:

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    Rhiannon Leaman, our party's Head of Campaigns looks ahead to a year in campaigning for an Exit from Brexit. Find out more about what we're up to - and what's to come:

    With a Prime Minister pandering to the extremists on the right of her party; delivering up the most divisive, extreme version of Brexit imaginable and Corbyn's Labour Party sitting on its hands, letting the bumbling Tories off the hook - we are needed more than ever.

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Jan 26, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Welcome to the latest in my occasional series highlighting interesting findings from academic research. Today it is some of the findings about which voters like local candidates.

    First a recap: there's strong and consistent evidence over the years that voters, in the UK at least, like "local" candidates. There is, therefore, a significant electoral benefit for parties to put up candidates who voters perceive as local. "Perceive" covers two wrinkles to this. First, being seen as local isn't the same as having been born and lived somewhere for 63 years. You can become local without having previously been local. Second, voters need to know this about you to reward you for it.

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Jan 22, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Welcome to the latest in my little explainer video series, trying to demystify a little some of the things the Liberal Democrats get up to: how and why we do what we do.

    Today's video is about postal voting and why it makes sense to encourage supporters to sign up for a postal votes.

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    I mention in the video examples of how postal voters are more likely to vote than non-postal voters. Here are some examples of that from 2009, 2012 and 2015.