3 July Brexit update: ‘Wake me up in September/October’

The deadline to extend the transition period has lapsed and talks broke up early this week with very little progress made – while the UK government ran into trouble over satellites and Northern Ireland. Ros Taylor and Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz (LSE) round up the week’s Brexit news. The talks “It is understood very little progress was made this week,” … Continued
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Ties that bind, or ties that count? The pressure on EU citizens to be ‘deserving’ migrants

The things that really bind EU citizens to the UK may not be the same ones that other people, particularly the authorities, perceive as important. Tiina Sotkasiira (University of Eastern Finland) and Anna Gawlewicz (University of Glasgow) look at the difference between ‘ties that bind’ and ‘ties that count’. Brexit has a tremendous capacity to influence how … Continued
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Craft our vision for the world after Coronavirus

Coronavirus has changed the world we know in so many ways and has highlighted many problems within British society.

As Liberal Democrats, we’ve always looked to the future with hope to build a better world – and we want you to be part of crafting our vision for the world after Coronavirus.

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Five Reasons to Join the Liberal Democrats

1. You’ll get to vote for our new leader

If you join the Lib Dems by 9th July, you’ll get a vote in our leadership election

Until midnight on the 9th of July, if you join the Liberal Democrats you’ll qualify for a vote in our upcoming leadership election.

This leadership election will decide our strategy, our messaging, and ultimately our chances of winning. The leader you choose will shape our movement for years to come. You won’t want to miss out.

2. Have your say on policy

Every single member of the Liberal Democrats gets a say on policy. Whether it’s developing policy on an issue that matters to you; voting on policies at conferences; or sitting on a committee to decide what goes into our election manifestos; our policy is made by members.

3. We’re adapting quickly

Everyone’s lives changed dramatically when the coronavirus lockdown started. Here at the Liberal Democrats, we’ve changed the way we work so everyone is still kept in the loop and can take part in what we’re up to.

  • Planning our first ever online conference for September 2020
  • Developed our very own policy website for members to propose and discuss ideas
  • Local parties hosting virtual coffee mornings, Pint & Politics nights, and loads of other socials
  • Our online leadership election is well underway, with a huge range of virtual hustings planned

So while we’re living through uncertain times, you can still count on a warm welcome and engaging events from the Liberal Democrats.

4. You could be on the ballot paper

After this year’s local elections were postponed, next year we’re facing the biggest ever round of elections. From Holyrood seats, to local council positions, to Police and Crime Commissioners, we’re gearing up to win big in the coming year.

We are the UK’s progressive, liberal, transformative party. And we’re needed now more than ever.

Being a member of the Liberal Democrats means you can apply to stand for any of these positions, and even for a parliamentary seat at the next general election.

Liberal Democrat candidates are known for working hard for their communities – if that sounds like you, join today.

5. Be on the right side of history

The Liberal Democrats have a long, proud history of fighting for what’s right.

We abolished Section 28 and secured same sex marriage. We led the fight against the Iraq war and secured the 0.7% foreign aid budget. We battled Brexit every step of the way and have stood up for the rights of EU citizens from the get go.

Today we’re pushing the government on Hong Konger’s rights and setting out our radical plan to build back better from this COVID crisis.

Our constitution states that “The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.”

We are the UK’s progressive, liberal, transformative party. And we’re needed now more than ever. We’ll always fight for what’s right, liberal and fair – if you will too, join us today.

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Farewell Whitehall, hello Red Square? On Gove and the ‘privilege of public service’

In a recent attempt to reset the political agenda as the UK comes out of lockdown, Michael Gove gave a speech focusing on Whitehall reform. Abby Innes outlines the similarities between the government’s promised strategy and (failed) attempts to transform the USSR. On the face of it, Michael Gove’s Ditchley Annual Lecture is a shrewd piece of politics. It sets […]
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