At 10pm, three months from today on 5th May 2016, it will all be over bar the counting.
In this May’s election as many people will have the chance to vote as in last year’s General Election. Well over 300 Lib Dem elected representatives are defending their seats.
The Liberal Democrat results in these elections will be largely up to us – Lib Dem activists and volunteers on the ground. Many thousands of us give our time and energy campaigning for our local communities and standing up for the important issues that make us Liberal Democrats.
In my job at ALDC – Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors, I’m lucky enough to hear about the great work that activists are doing every day of the year. Highlights for me in January include:
- Our first local by-election win in 2016 in Launceston Central where Gemma Massey was elected with an impressive 63% of the vote
- In Edinburgh, Scottish Parliament Candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton is launching a five point plan to tackle poor air quality and severe pollution caused by traffic congestion in Edinburgh Western
- There’s a great team, and a great deal of activity, building up around the hard work of John Leech in the Didsbury West ward in their brilliant campaign to stop Manchester being a one-party state
- In Wales, our Leader Kirsty Williams AM is campaigning on safe staffing levels for nurses, with the Bill now at its final stage in the Assembly
- In London’s City and East constituency the team have got campaigning off the ground by working hard to get members involved with action days, fundraising and putting effort into training activists and assigning ‘buddies’ for new campaigners
- In Portsmouth the team are campaigning to save their local fire services with a Tory proposal to cut the number of fire engines and fire fighters. The team got well over 2,000 signatures to get the issue debated in the council chamber
- Many Lib Dem councillors in the north of England and elsewhere gave up much of their Christmas break to support their local communities who were devastated by floods from Boxing Day onwards.
These are just some highlights but we know that up and down the country Lib Dem activists are standing up for their local communities, keeping in touch and working hard all year round.
Pick a Ward and Win it!
But now, with just three months to go, our candidates need our help and support to win.
Wherever you live in the UK, pick a Lib Dem candidate, pick a ward, pick a constituency or a Mayoral election and help get a Lib Dem elected. Whatever you can offer will be much appreciated – anything from phoning voters, participating in an action day, making a donation or organising a fundraising event.
Your activity will make a difference. If you want to know how to get involved or discuss how you can help, get in touch with us at ALDC.
To help you campaign, members of ALDC get access to all the literature templates, campaign packs, ideas and guidance. If you’re not already a member join us for just a few pounds a month – aldc.org/join. We’re working with colleagues in the Party’s elections team to get support to you on the ground and don’t forget the excellent resources and best practice that are being shared by the through the Elections Team Google Drive.
Please let us know about your campaigning. Send in examples of your leaflets, your ideas and what you’re up to in your local communities. We’ll share your good news with other campaigners up and down the country. You can also let others know you’re out and about campaigning on social media: #TeamLibDem
Good luck with your campaigning!
ALDC Chief Executive
National Spokesperson for Grassroots Campaigning