Lord Dick Newby writes…How to get a Lib Dem peer to visit your local party

Earlier this week, Liberal Democrat Peers completed 100 constituency visits undertaken since the General Election. Visits have included AGMs, new member meetings, Lib Dem Pints, and discussions on specific subject areas. Their aim has been to explain to members what we’re doing in Parliament and, more generally, how the Party can play a crucial role in shaping politics between now and 2020. For the Peers involved it’s an invaluable way of finding out what’s going on in the Party outside the confines of Westminster and we find it invigorating.

Between the summer and Christmas, we’ve set ourselves the tasks of attending all AGMs where we’re invited, to attend new member meetings and to participate, either via visits or telephone canvassing, in key local by-elections. In a few days’ time, I will be leading a team of Peers to Oldham West and Royton, and between now and 3 December several groups of my colleagues will also be visiting the seat.

From next January, we will be focussing our efforts on the most important election to be held next May, but – with a Group of 112 in the Lords -we still have the capacity to visit non-target seats. Our ability to do so depends however on being asked! So, if you would like a Peer to visit your local Party, please contact Polly Martin in the Whips’ office in the Lords –[email protected]– and we will do what we can to help.

 

* Dick Newby is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats n the House of Lords.

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  • Very much enjoyed your speech at East Midlands Regional Conference, and the raffle draw of course 🙂

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