I headed over to Barking yesterday to help out at the very successful ‘launch’ meeting for Barking & Dagenham Liberal Democrats who are getting a new local organisation up and running. There is a really impressive local team and it’s good to see also the support the regional party has been giving to help them as they build up their activity.
Jonathan Fryer (who has blogged about last night here), Pete Dollimore and Robin Meltzer were there from London Region last night, talking to the good showing of local party members about lessons from elsewhere, the plans for London-wide elections and how the regional party can help them.
Earlier in the year I helped out with the Facebook and artworking sides of Dominic Carman’s general election campaign against Nick Griffin and then with Felicia Taiwo’s by-election campaign. Sometimes local parties put a flurry of effort into elections and then stop. Barking & Dagenham Liberal Democrats, I was glad to see, are instead continuing to build on their recent achievements and are ambitious for the future.
It is always welcome to see that from Liberal Democrats, anywhere in the country. In an area such as Barking where healthy contests between the mainstream parties help keep the extremists marginalised, that is even more welcome.