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Why we need the Supporters’ Scheme

On Saturday I was at a Lib Dem Women event for International Women’s Day, and in a few of the excellent breakout sessions, found myself sitting next to a highly engaged and articulate woman who I presumed was a Councillor or PPC. It transpired that she was not even a member of the Lib Dems, but “still considering” whether to join, due to time constraints and not being sure if she was ready to commit. When I mentioned the prospect of a Supporters’ Scheme her eyes lit up. “That sounds ideal,” she said.

It’s not the first time I’ve met someone who considers themselves to be a Lib Dem supporter but doesn’t feel ready to join the party. Indeed, on the doorstep over the past few months, from Streatham to St Albans, I have spoken to countless people who have told me they will deliver leaflets, perhaps consider coming along for a canvassing session, and certainly vote Lib Dem – but they’re not actually members, and they’re not ready to be. Making that commitment to joining just seems like a step too far for those who consider themselves to be politically aware but are time poor, or maybe just not quite ready to stand up and say they’re a Lib Dem.

There are then numerous reasons to endorse the Supporters’ Scheme. It’s been well documented that I was previously a Labour supporter – I didn’t join the Lib Dems until last August. But in the two years leading up to that decision, even though I was leaning towards the Lib Dems and am very much a Liberal in every sense, shaking off the tribalism that had been part of my life since I was old enough to understand that people had different political views felt like an enormous step.

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Whither or wither moderation after Party Conference

I’ve been a bit busy since I left Brighton. Two health conferences; a meeting with a Minister; full Council and picketing the Labour Conference have kept me fairly occupied!

But the inevitable train journeys and waiting times have given me the time to reflect on what I saw and heard in Brighton.

Firstly, I heard no-one who described themselves as a moderate. Good, because neither am I! The fact that we are neither loony left or loony right does not make us moderates. We are a Party with fundamental principles that would cause a much greater upheaval in our society and in …

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  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 23rd Sep - 8:59am
    Glenn: The people who "already think it" are mostly people who are not going to vote Lib Dem anyway. And the fact that it's been...
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 23rd Sep - 8:52am
    Bloody predictive text: ....a misleading notion ...remainers....but by!
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 23rd Sep - 8:46am
    It seems ridiculous to have to say it, but after various bits of nonsense in the weekend media people need reminding that Article 50 only...
  • User AvatarGlenn 23rd Sep - 7:53am
    Alex Macfie It's not a case of taking lectures or lessons. The attacks will stick, because a lot of people already think it and it...
  • User AvatarGeoff Payne 23rd Sep - 7:44am
    This is a great idea. The number of really high quality cards we get from people who have obviously taken time and trouble to write...
  • User AvatarGlenn 23rd Sep - 7:25am
    Frankie I'm too busy being "a bit exotic" in my small little village of Birmingham to indulge you.
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