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Liberal Democrat membership figures

Here are the end of year (31 December*) membership figures for the Liberal Democrats since the party’s creation in 1988 with exact figures since 2001 and round-off figures for the earlier years.

Filling out the table also are the membership totals at the point of all-member ballots during the party’s history.

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Year Membership Change on year
1988 leadership contest 80,104 n/a
1988 president contest 80,071 n/a
1988 80,000
1989 81,000
1990 president contest 82,455
1990 77,000
1991 91,000
1992 president contest 101,768**
1992 101,000
1993 101,000
1994 president contest 101,091
1994 101,000
1995 94,000
1996 99,000
1997 87,000
1998 89,000
1999 leadership contest 82,827  n/a
1999 83,000***
2000 69,000
2001 73,276
2002 71,636 -1,640
2003 73,305 (63,373 after lapsing) 1,669
2004 president contest 72,868  n/a
2004 72,721 -584
2005 72,031 -690
2006 leadership contest 72,064  n/a
2006 68,743 (65,997) -3,288
2007 leadership contest 64,728  n/a
2007 65,400 (62,380) -3,343
2008 president contest 60,357  n/a
2008 59,810 (56,294) -5,590
2009 58,768 (50,245) -1,042
2010 president contest 65,861 n/a
2010 65,038 (62,036) 6,270
2011 48,934 -16,104
2012 42,501 -6,433
2013 43,451**** 950
2014 president contest 43,246 n/a
2014 44,680 1,229
2015 leadership contest 60,500 n/a
2015 61,598 16,918
2016 79,507 17,909
2017 leadership contest 103,300 n/a

* Hence before the end of the fourth quarter lapsing of members overdue with their membership subs. For some years post-lapsing figures are also quoted in the table.

** Around this point the way of counting was changed to include people up to six months in arrears with their membership subs (rather than the previous three months).

*** Around this point the six month period was cut back to three months.

**** At its lowest point in the middle of the year, the party’s membership was 40,530.

With thanks to the House of Commons Library, Stephen Tall and David Loxton for help with the data, along with the election results recorded by Colin Rosenstiel. For information on how to join the Liberal Democrats yourself, see here.

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