Liberal Democrat Newswire #54: still time to vote for Party President

Edition #54 of Liberal Democrat Newswire came out last week, a quick mid-month update on several issues.

Welcome to the 54th edition of Liberal Democrat Newswire, a quick mid-month update on some of the issues covered last time.

As ever I hope you enjoy reading Liberal Democrat Newswire, which has more subscribers than the party’s own official monthly publication, Ad Lib.

Best wishes,


P.S. You don’t have to wait for the next edition of Liberal Democrat Newswire to keep up with news. My site is regularly updated with stories such as Christmas gift ideas for political friends.


Party strategy: what the Lib Dems need to do next

That was the main theme running through Liberal Democrat Newswire #53, following which I took part in a discussion on The Westminster Hour:

Of course, the performance of the party leader is a large part of being a successful modern political party. The BBC’s Daily Politics covered this in more depth recently too, looking at all three of the main parties:

BBC Daily Politics on party leaders and their images


Polls close soon

Voting for the Liberal Democrat federal committees closes at noon, Thursday 20 November.

Voting for Liberal Democrat Party President closes at noon, Wednesday 26 November.

  • This ballot is open to all party members, who should by now have received a ballot mailing with options to vote by post, by manually going to a web address or by scanning a QR code.
  • Manifestos for the candidates were included in the mailing and are available after you login to the voting site. I’ve also added them to my round-up of literature from the Presidential candidates.
  • If you are a member and have not yet received your Presidential ballot, the email address is help@libdems.org.uk or call 020 7022 0988.

Lib Dems launch NHS push

In another example of the party’s increasing willingness to let Coalition differences show in public, the Liberal Democrats have launched a public push, including a petition, to secure an extra £1.5 billion in funding for the NHS as part of next month’s Autumn Statement.

Health minister Norman Lamb said:

The NHS needs significantly more money to help trusts adapt to the changing needs of our population and it can’t afford to wait.

That’s why securing extra money for the NHS must be a high priority for the whole Government in next month’s Autumn Statement. And we want at least an extra billion pounds put in every year in the next Parliament too.

A significant amount of that needs to go on improving mental health services, especially for children and young people. For too long mental health has been seen as a second class issue in the NHS and the Liberal Democrats are determined that changes.


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