The party’s preparations for elections

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The party’s website carries a report from the Communications and Elections Committee by Lisa Smart and Iain Donaldson. We reproduce the report in full here:

Last week we officially welcomed our newest member – Director of Strategy, Research and Messaging Mimi Turner.

Mimi provided for us her perspective on the Party’s strategic and campaigning position, as well as an initial summary of what we might do differently in future. There is much to be done but we are excited by the steps the Party is taking to get more Liberal Democrats elected and our newly elected Leader’s listening tour.

We had a lively discussion on how to make sure our principles are informing a message which is relevant and attractive to voters – those who already support us and those who might come to do so.

We also heard a detailed update from the Scottish Party on their plans for the 2021 Scottish General Election. That election is a State Party matter, but as we continue to improve our internal communications and make our resource allocation more efficient, it is with great thanks that the Committee received the briefing.

The future of the Union is at stake in 2021 and electing Liberal Democrats may prove vital in saving it – supporting the Scottish Paty’s efforts will be one of our top priorities going into the year.

Across a packed meeting, we also found time to confirm Baroness Suttie (Alison) as the Chair of the Joint Candidates Sub-Committee (JCSC). JCSC leads the national coordination of our capacity to field outstanding candidates in elections across the country.

We also heard an update on door knocking and its appropriateness in the COVID-19 era – with appropriate precautions and in relatively safe areas only, we will be back out speaking to the public – and continued to scrutinise our approach to target seats. Please do check out the guidance on this:

Next month we meet again but in the meantime we hope to see as many of you as possible at the Virtual Conference.

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  • “ The future of the Union is at stake in 2021 and electing Liberal Democrats may prove vital in saving it – supporting the Scottish Paty’s efforts will be one of our top priorities going into the year.”

    I hope the same goes for Wales. We need to stop Plaid winning in the way the SNP did in 2007.

  • “ The future of the Union is at stake in 2021 and electing Liberal Democrats may prove vital in saving it – supporting the Scottish Paty’s efforts will be one of our top priorities going into the year.”

    Oh, dear. They still don’t get it, do they ? Will await MacThornhill mark 11 in due course.

  • richard underhill.,. 16th Sep '20 - 8:38am

    David Raw 15th Sep ’20 – 10:23pm
    Are you joining the SNP? or the Scottish Greens?

  • I recognise competent government when I see it (or don’t see it), and respect a small party when it is run well and comes up with decent radical ideas.

    The Lib Dem’s seem to have missed the bus on both counts In recent years, Mr. Underhill.

  • richard underhill.,. 16th Sep '20 - 10:47am

    Some idiot in the USA is saying that the problem with fires in California is about forest management. This is not credible. Sequoia have lived thousands of years because they have withstood fires. Their seeds are triggered by smoke. (Check with Kew Gardens if in doubt).

    When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and set fire to all the oil fields they needed the best expert in the world to put it out. He is an American, the Kuwaitis are probably not as rich as the Saudis, but they paid his price and he did the job. There is plenty of water in the Pacific and the USAF has lots of large aircraft.

  • richard underhill.,. 16th Sep '20 - 10:50am

    Please delete “some idiot” insert Donald Trump.

  • Paul Barker 16th Sep '20 - 2:48pm

    We should not accept the Tory plan to delay Local Byelections for another 8 Months, hundeds of thousands of Voters have already been unrepresented for up to 6 Months – this should be a scandal & we should do our best to make it one.

  • Tony Greaves 17th Sep '20 - 1:49pm

    @Richard Underhill. I think David Raw has been a Liberal longer than you have, Richard.

  • January ‘62, Tony, just before Orpington. Did you beat me to it ?

  • Tony Dawson 17th Sep '20 - 6:40pm

    I think it is fair to say that while a majority of both Lib Dem and Labour Party politicians are in favour of the Union, a small minority are in favour of separation and a rather bigger minority are not particularly concerned about the matter in principle but see it largely as a pragmatic issue in respect of how Britain (and Scotland) best address a number of other priority matters.

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