ALDC Campaigner Awards 2017 winners
The winners of the ALDC Campaigner Awards 2017, sponsored by Midshires, were presented at the ALDC AGM at Autumn Conference by Sarah Olney, celebrating the best campaigning teams and campaigners from across the country.

This year’s winners and runners-up are:

Best By-election Campaign

Runner up – Emmbrook by-election in Wokingham

Winner – Brinsworth By-election in RotherhamThe strategy was to concentrate on people most likely to vote using marked registers and delivered a variety of leaflets and made personal contact with as many voters possible via the doorstep and phone. By the end of the

The strategy was to concentrate on people most likely to vote using marked registers and delivered a variety of leaflets and made personal contact with as many voters possible via the doorstep and phone. By the end of the campaign they achieved 66% of the vote. ALDC were really impressed not only by the result but the great teamwork and literature. Rotherham is no longer a black hole and has a fantastic new Councillor in Adam Carter.

The strategy was to concentrate on people most likely to vote using marked registers and delivered a variety of leaflets and made personal contact with as many voters possible via the doorstep and phone. By the end of the campaign they achieved 66% of the vote. ALDC were really impressed not only by the result but the great teamwork and literature. Rotherham is no longer a black hole and has a fantastic new Councillor in Adam Carter.

Best Online Campaign

Runner up – Westhoughton Lib DemsWinner – Surrey Lib Dems

Winner – Surrey Lib Dems

In January 2017, the Conservatives confirmed that they would be seeking a 15% rise, over nine times the rate of inflation and the highest council tax increase in the country. A few days later the team launched the online petition via their Facebook page and put out our press release which was immediately picked up by the popular “Get Surrey” website who published a link to the petition website.

In January 2017, the Conservatives confirmed that they would be seeking a 15% rise, over nine times the rate of inflation and the highest council tax increase in the country. A few days later the team launched the online petition via their Facebook page and put out our press release which was immediately picked up by the popular “Get Surrey” website who published a link to the petition website.

Over 1800 people signed the petition in 3 days. This moved the message and debate of what the Tories were proposing. This campaign gave the team a significant boost in the following county elections in May, where they went from 8 to 9 councillors and increased the Lib Dem countywide vote from 40,690 (15%) in 2013 to 70139 (22.8%) this time.

Best Community Campaign

Runner up – Bristol Lib Dem with the Save Jubilee Pool campaignWinner – Oldham for the Defibrillator Campaign

Winner – Oldham for the Defibrillator Campaign

About four years ago, Saddleworth North Ward councillors launched an ambitious campaign to get a defibrillator available 24/7 in five Saddleworth villages.  Councillors teamed up with North West Ambulance Service to run a community access pilot scheme for Greater Manchester.

The project has snowballed far beyond expectations and drawn in council officers, parish councils, community associations and members of the public.  Over ten villages in and around Saddleworth now have defibrillators, and a number have two or more. It has generated a tremendous amount of goodwill and publicity for the Lib Dem councillors leading most recently to a prestigious Cardiac Smart Award from North West Ambulance Service, accepted by Cllr Garth Harkness.

Best Fundraising Campaign

Runner up – Sheffield‏

Winner – OxWab

From by-election to County to General Election, the team used regular donations from members and supporters over time so that with those and councillor contributions they know they can fund our basic set up – an office and some staff support – no matter what happens.

They work on the basis of asking all our supporters to contribute small amounts, through regular ‘appeals’ and at the same time building up a good relationship with those who can afford more so that we have steadily increased the income we get from high donors. We were really impressed by their planning for small and big donors.

Best Literature Campaign

Runner up – PortsmouthWinner – Mid Dorset and North Poole

Winner – Mid Dorset and North Poole

This is for their excellent by-election literature in the Broadstone campaign. A seat the team won from the Tories with some excellent literature, superb messaging and bold designs. We particularly liked the postal vote recruitment letter from Annette Brooke. Vikki Slade won with a huge 2,184 votes and 69.62% of the vote.

Overall Winners

Edinburgh Lib Dems

From Alex Cole-Hamiltons win over the SNP in 2016 to become the Member of Scottish Parliament, the team have since gone on to win more Council seats and ensure a Lib Dem gain with the excellent Christine Jardine entering Parliament this June. The team in Edinburgh have doubled their council team from 3 to 6 Councillor and the team at ALDC were really impressed by Kevin Lang who achieved an amazing 6,079 first preference votes – which we think is the highest in the country!

Congratulations to every team nominated for this year’s awards.

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