Category Archives: Campaigning & By-elections

Liberal Youth launches Gold Guard

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Today Liberal Youth launched their campaign to ensure Liberal Democrats are elected this May, and begin the foundations for the General Election campaign.

Paddy Ashdown, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has been put in charge of running the General Election campaign and we want to help him out.

The Gold Guard is a community of young liberal campaigners, empowering themselves by learning new skills in a fun, welcoming environment.   Liberal Youth recognise that cost is often a barrier to younger members campaigning, that is why each event will help keep those costs as low as possible.  Furthermore in recognising that younger members are also busy around election times, Liberal Youth now has its own connect account to allow phone canvassing from anywhere in the country. More on that soon though!

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Big Lib Dem win in Eastleigh!

A huge congratulations to the new Member of Parliament for Eastleigh: Mike Thornton and the brilliant Liberal Democrat team that came from all over the country to get him elected!

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In a tough fight, with our opponents (and the press!) throwing everything they had at us, the Liberal Democrat grassroots remembered what we do best, and came together to deliver a decisive win in the Eastleigh by-election.

The result broke down as:

Liberal Democrats 32.06%

UKIP 27.8%

Conservatives 25.37%

Labour 9.82%

Others 4.94%

Free Belarus Now!

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This Wednesday (5th December) we were protesting for human rights outside the Embassy of Bealrus. Belarus is known as “Europe’s Last Dictatorship” and Alexander Lukashenko has been in power since 1994.

This is a follow up to Liberal Youth’s earlier “Bears for Belarus” campaign and was covered by Charter97 and others: http://charter97.org/en/news/2012/12/6/62384/

Why do we campaign?

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Regional Action Day with Sarah Teather MP in Brent

Regional Action Day with Sarah Teather MP in Brent

Saturday 19th May – we have been out campaigning with Children’s Minister and Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, in her constituency in Brent. Great turnout from London Liberal Youth, with over 50 people turning up throughout the day, and curry at the end (pictured).

Tottenham Action Day

Turnpike Lane Station

Saturday 16th, June, 11am – 6pm

Join us in Tottenham for a day of surveying, canvassing & local action, followed by a meeting to talk about the future of the Tottenham seat and the Liberal Youth team hoping to take things forward there with Yahaya Kiyingi.

RSVP on London Liberal Youth’s Facebook 

London Results

Our newly elected Assembly members Caroline Pidgeon & Stephen Knight

We send our congratulations to the excellent Caroline Pidgeon and Stephen Knight who are our two Liberal Democrat GLA members for the next 4 years. Although there’s only two this time, Lib Dems always punch far above our weight and we wish them well as they start their term of office.

Team London Liberal Democrats have sent us a huge thank-you to every London Liberal Youth member who got involved over the course of the campaign. Whilst it was a disappointing result, the campaign showed how vibrant and enthusiastic our activist base is – encouraging prospects for 2014/15.

Our next steps will be to build Liberal Youth across London – starting new branches, linking in with local parties and electing a Regional Executive to take things forward.

Join us for a Regional Action Day with Sarah Teather MP in Brent on Saturday May 19th – find details and sign up here.