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  • Ballot box
    Article: May 12, 2022

    We're winning

    What an amazing outcome from this May's local elections:

    • Three more Liberal Democrat majority councils, taking us back to where we were before going into Coalition in 2010;
    • A net gain of 224 councillors, making this the fourth set of net gains in a row, something we've not achieved since the Iraq war;
    • 19% vote share (the national equivalent vote share, i.e. what it would have been if there were elections everywhere); and
    • The lovely bonus of seeing our sister party in Northern Ireland, Alliance, gaining seats and votes to move up to such an impressive third place.
  • Article: May 11, 2022

    Resignation, Job, Signature, Quit, Employee, DocumentIn recent months we have banged on a lot about the decline of standards in political life as the Conservatives appear to have thrown away their moral compass led by a Prime Minister who thinks nothing about breaking the law and lying to parliament.

    Whilst a few Tories argue that this is all part of the daily cut and thrust of modern politics and that an insincere apology is enough to wipe the slate clean we have been concerned that these actions undermine our democracy and tars all politicians with the same brush.

    How often do you hear " they are all the same - in it for themselves"

  • TP Davey
    Article: May 10, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We had a bumper election.

    From winning the new unitaries of Somerset and Westmorland & Furness, taking control of Kingston upon Hull, Woking, Gosport, to becoming the largest party in Powys - Lib Dems are #winninghere.

    So many of you won seats and councils from Conservatives, Labour, Greens, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, and independents throughout the UK.

    We worked hard for our wins, but now the real work begins.

    We get elected because we know how transformative it can be when Liberal Democrats represent their communities and the climate.

    That's why, on June 11th, the Green Liberal Democrat Summer School will feature training and panel discussions designed to promote environmental action on your council.

    We are facing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. As 2022 Spring Conference Motion F34 - COP27 and Climate Empowerment for Local Government - accentuated:

    'As place-shapers, only local government holds the wide range of delivery powers and assets - and the potential for market and nonmarket mechanisms to finance action at scale - that are necessary to decarbonise housing, transport, waste and generate nature-based solutions.'

    Sir Ed Davey MP was correct, this election marks a 'turning point' for our party. We are a legitimate electoral force again.

    Our 223 new councillors and 5 new councils (so far!) represent the opportunity to ratchet up the pressure for real action around the UK.

    To find out what you can do to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss where you are, register as a delegate to the GLD Summer School and Conference within the next 48 hours to take advantage of our earlybird price of just £40.

    Attend GLD Summer School - A Turning Point

    New Member Deal!

    For those without GLD membership, we offer the 2022 ticket - where they can join GLD for £20 and get a discounted £22 ticket for the Conference, a total of £42.

    P.S: Earlybird tickets are only available until Wednesday 11th! Be sure to get in early and lock down the low price!
  • Steve Wain Air Ambulance (DDDC)
    Article: May 7, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs
    Derbyshire Dales Civic Chairman's year in office is coming to a close - and Lib Dem Councillor Steve Wain says it has been "a privilege and an honour" to wear the ceremonial chain of office representing the District Council at scores of official engagements.
    Along the way Councillor Wain and his supporters have raised thousands of pounds for his nominated charity - the Air Ambulance Service, which is funded solely from public donations.
    There's still time to make a donation to the charity by clicking on the link below 🔽
    Please note if you select gift aid it will provide an additional 25% to the charity.
  • Peter Martin Sue Monty in Brassington (Roger Shelley)
    Article: May 6, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    Despite a 14% swing to the Liberal Democrats, it was a Conservative who held on to the rural ward of Carsington Water in the Derbyshire Dales, albeit with a reduced majority on an increased turnout.