It is now just 30 days and counting to the vital set of elections on 5 May 2011. 


In Scotland and Wales voters are electing their Parliament and Assembly respectively, all over the UK we’ll be deciding whether to change to a fairer system of electing our MPs. 


In England, half of all all Liberal Democrat councillors are up for election in district, unitary and metropolitan councils across most of England. It’s the first big national electoral test that the party will have faced as a party of Government at a UK level. Here’s a list of all the seats up in 2011.


It is up to all of us, on the ground, to make 5th May 2011 a success.

We want to HELP YOU WIN!


Candidate Support Programme – From now until the close of election expenses next June, ALDC will be supporting Lib Dem candidates in the local elections. Candidates we already know about will receive our free “Candidates’ Handbook” packed full of useful tips, rules and ideas (copies arrive this weekend).


But we can’t help if we don’t know who the candidates are! Please help us to help you by letting us know who your target candidates are. We’re only collecting details for “target” and “moving forward” candidates, so as not to spread the net too thinly with paper candidates.

Let us know online here. If it’s easier just email them in – as long as we know the name, address, ward and email – to


Advice and Support


Don’t forget to make the most of your membership with the templates, advice, information and resources available online – or by calling our office for Advice.

(call 01422 843 785 Monday – Friday 9.30-5.00 – or click on “Request advice” on the website).  See your Member’s Handbook for more information.

If you’re NOT an ALDC member then you should be! Last time these seats were up Councillors who were ALDC members were a staggering THREE AND A HALF TIMES more likely to be re-elected than non-ALDC members!


Campaigning Resources


Why not take advantage of our new set of FOCUS templates for use by Liberal Democrat campaigners. These are exclusively available to members of ALDC.


The templates include: A3, A4, and A3 booklet style FOCUS  – all of which have been produced in black and white, two colour (for RISOs) and in full colour (Colour RISO or commercial printer). All the FOCUS leaflets have variations to allow for single and for two and three member wards and election campaigns, and different bar charts for fighting the Tories and Labour.

There are two more packs of materials on their way over the coming weeks!

To make it easier we have a special deal for 2011 candidates of HALF PRICE membership up to May making ALDC membership as little as 75p a week…… This is only available by direct debit, but you can do it online here or phone us and we can take your bank details over the phone 01422 843 785.

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