Design for Europe

The referendum on Europe will probably be the most important political event of our lives. Our choice will have consequences for decades, or even centuries.

Britain is better off in. Europe is better with Britain. The planet has better prospects with a strong Europe, living up to the best of our history and the brightest visions of our future. The Europe I fight for is one that changes, learns from the mistakes of the past and becomes a better Union tomorrow than it has been.

This campaign is our chance to fightback against the peddlers of spin and division, to tell people who do not know or misunderstand what Liberal Democrats stand for, that Tim Farron’s party is on their side. We are fighting for Britain to stay in for our common prosperity, our security and our environment.

I do not believe that a traditional, centralised campaign we win the referendum. But we can win it by harnessing and sharing the energy and creativity of our supporters.

If you write a letter to your local newspaper, share it.

If you have a good idea for a Focus article, share it.

Researched some useful information? Share it.

Send all these things to me. The South East and South Central Regions are building a website where your content can be shared for everyone to use.

Collaborative campaigning helped carry Barak Obama, who started as the underdog and outsider, to the White House.

Design for Obama was an open invitation to supporters anywhere in the world to design pictures, graphics, logos and posters to express the campaign’s vision. Hundreds were submitted and this book collecting the best is beautiful.

I know that there are creative people who support the Liberal Democrats and us staying in Europe. So, it’s time for Design for Europe.

Two supporters have already made these designs:



Do you like them? Do you have another idea?
Do any of the Design for Obama entries inspire you? Perhaps you like Hillary Clinton’s new logo:


Can you design something for our campaign?

If you have something to share, send it to design @

I look forward to your creativity being on our website (no doubt some on Lib Dem Voice too) and the best being used by campaigners across our country.

We are the people who can bend the arc of history once more towards a better, brighter Europe for the sake all the people who live in Britain.

* Antony Hook was a Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England (2019) and has practised as a barrister since 2003. He is currently Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Kent County Council.

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  • Richard Underhill 8th Sep '15 - 2:48pm

    Too blue, needs more gold, preferably Pantine Gold.

  • But we can win it by harnessing and sharing the energy and creativity of our supporters.

    Isn’t that how you won the AV referendum, by having lots of supporters’ groups telling each other on Facebook how great they all were and making pictures for websites?

  • Yes, have the LibDem logo etc. as a by line, but the core message has to be clear. The two designs seem to imply that if a voter wishes the UK to remain in ‘Europe’ then they should vote LibDem in the referendum…

    The referendum will be about whether the UK ‘remains in’ or ‘leaves’ the EU, the public won’t be voting for a political representative… Hence whilst it may seem a good idea to tell everyone where the LibDems stand, I don’t really see the relevance in giving it undue prominence.

  • John Tilley 9th Sep '15 - 8:18am

    I hear on Radio 4 that colouring books for adults are all the rage.

    Is this article further evidence that the party really is in tune with the mood of the nation ?

    Will there also be a competition to determine the best key fob for this campaign and maybe also a new design for those knitted dresses that little dolls wore to hide toilet rolls? What happened to all those little dolls? Did they join UKIP?

  • Ruth Bright 9th Sep '15 - 9:56am

    You have shown yourself up badly here John. Those dresses were crocheted not knitted. BTW are you on automatic moderation even when you are talking about handicrafts?

  • Ruth & John your comments regarding knitting reminded me of a recent event:

  • Ruth Bright 9th Sep '15 - 3:23pm

    Roland – great pictures. Banksy eat your heart out.

  • Richard Underhill 9th Sep '15 - 9:06pm

    How do you pronounce the silent k?

  • “Ruth Bright 9th Sep ’15 – 9:56am
    You have shown yourself up badly here John. Those dresses were crocheted not knitted. BTW are you on automatic moderation even when you are talking about handicrafts?”

    A number of us “usual suspects” are on pre-mod even when merely saying “yes”, never mind such a risqué topic as crochet!

  • Ps just noticed the author of the article is called “Anthony Hook” 🙂

  • In principle we in the UK should do better by pooling aspects of our sovereignty in a democratic pan-European organisation – so I’m at one with Antony Hook there.

    But … the EU is horribly flawed. Everybody knows it so once we were joined the battleground should have changed to making it fit for purpose. Yet for reasons that entirely escape me, the Lib Dem establishment seems determined not to notice preferring instead to carry on fighting the 1970s battle about whether we should be in or out.

    That’s not a respectable position and certainly not one that can be rescued by better campaign graphics at this stage.

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