Liberal Democrat membership tops 87000

Elaine Ford and Willie Rennie

Good news from party HQ. It’s barely 3 weeks since our membership reached 85,002, double our low point during the coalition years. Now, it’s shot up again and has just gone over 87,000. While we have had 5000 new member since the beginning of February, Labour’s membership, according to LabourList, is falling at the rate of almost 3000 members every week at the moment.

Party President Sal Brinton welcomed the news.

The clear message to this Government is we have not given up the fight against a hard Brexit, and thousands of people across the country agree with us.

This is not the time for despair, it’s the time for action.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour may have given Theresa May a blank cheque to pursue her divisive Hard Brexit.

But the Liberal Democrats will not stand by and watch as this country is torn out of the Single Market and young people are left with a future they did not vote for.

We are the natural home for all those who oppose a hard Brexit and believe the people must be given the final over what comes next.

There is, of course, no room for complacency. Tim Farron’s target of 100,000 members is in sight, but we need to work hard to make sure that we engage and retain these members.

You could follow no greater example than the lovely lady in the photo here. Elaine Ford is the Membership Secretary of Edinburgh North, East and Leith Lib Dems. She is so good at getting in touch with people. I was speaking to someone who had joined the party last week and had contact from Elaine almost immediately. She won the Membership prize at the recent Liberal Democrat conference for that reason.


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

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  • getting young people to understand the relationship between their anger and the platform that the Lib Dems give them is attracting a continuing stream of newbies. Was at Dinner at which Paddy Ashdown was speaker yesterday, as he was being driven through Canterbury he spotted a group of young people protesting re Article 50. The car was stopped and a number of youngsters were confronted by this man congratulating them and spurring them on. Facebook pictures were soon streaming and the loohs on the faces of those people was a victory in itself

  • Patrick C Smith 30th Mar '17 - 11:08pm

    I predict that there will be a new wave of L/D New-bees that now bound to supersede previous expectations- pre-Brexit- to tip over 100,000 L/D Membership, as a result of the undemocratic and non-referendum on June 23rd 2016 mandated Henry V111 secondary legislation :threatened by the medieval court led by Theresa May.

  • George Biscuit Thief 31st Mar '17 - 5:58am

    Still stagnant on 10 percent in the polls though!

  • nvelope2003 31st Mar '17 - 4:16pm

    Is it true that YouGov is run by a group of Conservative activists as has been alleged ?

  • Looks like opinion polls catching up …see London latest

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