Many British Kurds will be voting for the Liberal Democrats on 12th December.

In recent years British Kurds have been increasingly interested in and attracted to the Liberal Democrat vision for a liberal, tolerant and open society. This trend continues to grow with many reaching out with questions on party policy and how they can help elect a liberal government.

The UK 2011 national census revealed that approximately 48,000 British people had identified themselves as Kurdish under the ethnicity self designation question, although the number of British Kurds is thought to be considerably higher today. Kurds constitute a significant diaspora in the United Kingdom and across the rest of Europe, Kurdish homelands are located in south eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, eastern Iran and northern Syria.

British Kurds have historically been politically active but often through necessity rather than choice, periodically taking to the streets of Europe’s capitals whenever Kurdish lives or rights  were perceived to be under threat in the Middle East. Recent examples include rallies in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris in opposition to the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish administered area Rojava in Syria.

A pivotal factor in garnering support is our clear Lib Dem stance on foreign policy issues, formulated in part by members of Federal International Relations Committee, and the active support of legitimate Kurdish rights by prominent party leaders including the late Lord Ashdown who in 2014 called the UK to “Support the Kurds by all means we can”, and Liberal Democrat MEP Irina Von Wiese who worked on getting a strong EU response to Turkey’s incursion in 2019. This record has been and will continue to be key in winning votes, especially in London where the 2011 census informs us that over 20,000 Kurds reside.

On election day, a once in a generation opportunity awaits the people of the United Kingdom, together we can help fundamentally shape what kind of destiny awaits us. The general public have seen that the conservatives are on the verge of becoming an utterly exhausted electoral force. British Kurds through hard work during the election campaign can play a valuable role educating and empowering their communities. The Lib Dems are a party that keeps moving forward especially in times of adversity, a party which continues to be the inspiration and driving force behind numerous just causes, never abandoning and always protecting the liberal principles on which the foundations of a Great Britain stand tall. 

To help secure a Liberal future,  remember to register to vote by 26th November in order to vote for your local Lib Dem candidate on 12th December.

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