Liberal Democrat Voice Stars of 2015 Part 5

We wanted to honour those Liberal Democrats that our readers felt were true stars of 2015, which has been one of the toughest years in our party’s history. Over the past few days, we have sought out  nominations and now have a rather impressive list that we’ll be publishing in instalments during this week. Here is the fifth part. Their names come with the comments made about the contribution they have made. Some are parliamentarians, some are councillors, most are grassroots activists. Let’s celebrate them and the many others who are fighting fto keep that Liberal Democrat flame alive. These are our Liberal Democrat stars of 2015.

 James Baker and Mick Taylor from Calderdale

For going  above and beyond the call of duty for the party despite various health & personal difficulties.

Sheree Miller

For being our outstanding candidate in Boleyn Ward by-election, who got a thoroughly deserved second place. Just brilliant on the doorstep, talking to people, listening to their concerns. And a great chilli too.

Amy Stuart

As a representative of the influx of members post-election and for her inspirational speech at Conference Rally.

Joanne Ferguson

One of our awesome new young members at the University of Glasgow!

Already a great campaigner who threw herself into a by-election in Lanarkshire and made hundreds of phone calls for Tim Farron’s leadership campaign.

Linda Wilson

Our fabulous Party Manager in Scotland. She has the sense of humour she needs to do that job and can actually sort any problem out. She’s amazing.

Nassar Kessell

I nominate Nassar Kessell. This young man is truly inspiring. He works enormously hard in our campaigns and pops up all over the country to help. He is extremely skilled in a wide range of campaigning techniques. He is always very welcoming to all who help the campaigns he is involved with. At Oldham, he worked super-human hours deprived of sleep and square meals at times. He was always on the go and was a cheery welcoming presence to all. He made the most wonderful video here.

-Simple but extremely effective. Nassar stands out as a remarkably motivated and talented young Liberal Democrat.


At the start of 2015, I was a newbie. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing and I was hardly an effective campaigner!

Nassar helped me when I wanted to get involved and he made sure I was welcome in the party. Through him, I became a committed Lib Dem.

But I’m not the only one who has benefited from Nassar’s kindness and dedication to the party. He has helped organise action days and campaigns right across the country and is one of the best campaigners I have worked with.

He is, quite frankly, this party’s unsung hero.

Suzanne Fletcher

For her work to set up and coordinate Lib Dems for Seekers of Sanctuary. Without Suzanne and LDSOS the refugee crisis would not be at the heart of our campaigning right now from top to bottom. Suzanne’s indefatigubility and her oozing radical Liberal values is a constant. She also does vast amounts of good work organising the Lib Dem presence in the North East to campaign in the most winnable seats. I know Ian Swales and Julie Pörksen are hugely grateful too.

If you have anyone else you think deserves to be on the Roll of Honour, it’s not too late to tell us.

You can make your suggestions in several ways:

  • in the comments to this and other posts in the next few days
  • by emailing [email protected]
  • by tweeting @libdemvoice

Just tell us who you are nominating and why.

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  • David Warren 2nd Jan '16 - 5:51pm

    I would like to nominate Hannah Thompson who I worked with on the Guildford campaign.

    Hannah worked tirelessly as the organiser and ran for council at the same time.

  • Richard Gadsden Richard Gadsden 3rd Jan '16 - 12:25am

    Suzanne used to sign her emails, back when we all signed emails, as “Radical Activist Grandma”.

    She has been one of my heroes for a long time, and, at an age when others would be retiring and fading away, she set up LD4SOS and worked out social media campaigning.

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