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The launch of the Northern Liberal Network

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For Blair and Brown there was the famous Granita Pact. For Laura and Lisa there was the Hope Pact. Earlier in the year, Laura Gordon posted on Lib Dem Voice to announce the launch of the Northern Liberal Network. The formal launch will be at Spring Conference, which appropriately is being held in York.

Upon seeing the original post by Laura, I knew I had to get involved. I grew up in Redcar, a seat described by some as one of the keystones of the Red Wall. What a lot of people fail to realise is that the Lib Dems held the seat between 2010 and 2015. Other Red Wall seats include Bradford East and Burnley – another two seats that used to be held by the Lib Dems.

Our party has a lot to offer places like these. They deserve better than a Conservative government which won’t care about them and they deserve better than a Labour party which has ran councils across the North in a way that should disgust everyone involved in politics. The problem wasn’t our policies which would have helped provide an additional £50 billion in capital investment, extra money for bus services and further devolution. It was that we failed to make a clear offer to voters in the North. The Northern Liberal Network will work tirelessly to make sure this does not happen again.

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  • Galen Milne
    Maybe the doubters will prefer to hear it from Caroline Voaden - https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/westminster-news/caroline-voaden-on-lib-dem-posi...
  • James Moore
    I can forgive Ed for struggling as leader - it is a hard job and he is clearly not cut out for it. I find it more difficult to forgive him for ignoring a pa...
  • JOHN SURIE
    Thanks for all the feedback. You can find out more and ask questions directly at the Paddy Ashdown Forum / Lib Dems Overseas Webinar tomorrow. Click on link to ...
  • Lorenzo Cherin
    Alex I would not want EFTRA now, it is too much, to continue the debate, the country wants to move on. The party is committed to consider a campaign to rejoi...
  • Nick Baird
    Hugely dissappointed that our Leader contradicted a position recently voted on by members at Conference. But I also don't see the electoral sense of the comb...