No sex please, we’re Lib Dems?

It’s not often that we at Liberal Democrat Voice have cause to link to the Daily Star, but we feel the need to inject some facts into that publication’s headline which screams:

Liberal Democrats impose sex ban on randy activists

This concerns this weekend’s Liberal Youth’s Activate conference being held in Oxfordshire and it suggests that sexual activity has been banned from the shared sleeping accommodation.

So, now for the facts. It is common, because young people don’t often have huge amounts of money, for activists to sleep on the floor of a village hall or the like. In my day, my tender young bones graced the floor of the Birmingham University Guild of Students.  Sexual activity in these shared rooms has never, ever been allowed. After all, sex in a public place is against the law.

Under 18s sleep separately and their arrangements are all approved by their parents. I, who am about as over-anxious a mother as you can get, would have no problem with allowing my daughter to go to Activate unaccompanied because I know she would be safe. Liberal Youth has a child protection statement on its website for all to see:

Liberal Youth takes the welfare of its members very seriously. Our events are designed to be as open and inclusive to as many members as possible. It is paramount that the safety of young people is respected so all can feel welcome at our events.

Our safeguarding policy is longstanding and continues to form the basis of all of our events.

It’s always worth noting that nobody over the age of 26 is allowed in the shared accommodation.

So, this sensational story is simply about a responsible organisation reminding attendees of long-standing policies. But then why should the Star let the facts get in the way of a good headline and a chance to use another photograph of a scantily clad young woman?

Activate itself looks to be an invigorating and enriching weekend, full of training, campaigning and policy debates on such subjects as transgender rights, financial support for those staying at school and the future of the EU. There will also be a keynote speech from Mike Thornton, the by-election winner who owes so much to Team EastLY in much the same way as the Aberdeen Donside campaign was so brilliantly supported by Liberal Youth Scotland.

* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Read more by .
This entry was posted in News.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/35106 for Twitter and emails.

3 Comments

  • And here I thought Randy Activists was the name of someone on the Liberal Youth Exec. Hardly fair of us to spoil his fun!

  • Liberal Neil 29th Jun '13 - 2:53pm

    The Activate events is being run very well and Liberal Youth activists are currently out campaigning in Abingdon and Oxford as part of their activities.

    I’ve been helping with the training and they are a great team.

    It’s a long time since the first Activate event we ran some years ago now which included one of our current MPs among its participants :-)

  • Activate remains a great initiative with lots of people moving on to better things. May even be worth tracking down the alumnus Neil?

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 22nd Oct - 2:25am
    It's a good article, but the banks are whooping most areas in society when it comes to promoting immigration and race equality, so there was...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 22nd Oct - 2:10am
    I agree too. The polarization that is evident in Nick's choices, and reactively (I suppose) in this article's headline, does no electoral good whatsoever.
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 22nd Oct - 2:03am
    I wonder if Peter Hayes's experience tells more about LibDems that immigrants. It seems like he's saying that they're ok if they serve you well,...
  • User AvatarSue Doughty 22nd Oct - 1:29am
    Tony Greaves is right about the democratic deficit (and yes, it is totally unfair to attack him because he is in the Lords - rather...
  • User AvatarSteve Way 22nd Oct - 12:39am
    @Psi Not sure where my comment says that it shouldn't be done? It should have been done earlier, that would have been the right thing....
  • User AvatarRoland 22nd Oct - 12:38am
    "I had the misfortune of staying in a Travel Lodge, breakfast was in a greasy spoon ‘restaurant’ staff were English and did not care, compare...