We don’t say “Thank You” enough

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to our Lib Dem councillors, all 2600 of them. We don’t show our appreciation properly in normal times, but especially over the last 12 months, when they have been dealing with unprecedented levels of disruption and stress. A particular shout-out to those councillors who were planning to stand down in 2020 but have been forced to serve an extra year – enjoy your retirement.

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to our 50 Elected Mayors, Council Leaders and Deputy Leaders who have had to take on huge responsibilities for the wellbeing of their residents during the pandemic.

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to our members on the Senedd, Scottish Parliament and London Assembly – only 7 of them in the last session, but all punching well above their weight.

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to the thousands of candidates who are campaigning for election tomorrow. We are really grateful to all of you, including those who are making sure that Liberal Democrat is an option on the ballot paper in areas where we don’t have much hope of winning a seat.

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to all our activists – those who are not enjoying the thrill of standing, but who still offer to knock on doors, print, bundle, deliver, tell, enter data, address envelopes, run websites, train and lead campaigning.

We don’t say “Thank You” enough to all our staffers – campaign managers and organisers. True they are “only” doing their job, but they all do far more than is strictly required and work punishing hours during election campaigns.

So how can we thank them? By getting out there today and tomorrow, and bringing in the vote.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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3 Comments

  • Little Jackie Paper 5th May '21 - 1:57pm

    Whilst I wont be voting for him, the local LDP candidate is a good person and I wish him well.

  • Rosie Sharpley 6th May '21 - 8:16am

    Thank you Mary and very, very well said. Thank you too for always stepping in at the right moment with just the right words.

  • suzanne fletcher 6th May '21 - 1:04pm

    in interval for next phone bank to be ready – how true. My friend and colleague Julia Cherrett who was a serving cllr died last year, and it is the by election today. I’ve done lots of phoning and it so moving to hear what people are saying about her. I just wish she could know how very much appreciated and loved she was among her constituents and her friends and colleagues. An emotional day as the few of us do our best for her.

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