It is an exciting time to be a Liberal Democrat. In the past month we have recorded our best ever European and Local election results and a recent YouGov poll indicated that we might win a general election. A lot of people are joining the Liberal Democrats at the moment, we are going through a massive membership surge - in fact our membership has just reached an all time high.
So why should you join the Lib Dems - what’s the point? Here are eight reasons:
1 - You Share Our Values
I know, we ‘buried the lead’ here, but this is actually important. Take a look at the preamble to our constitution - it sets out the basic values that we live by:
“The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.”
Does this strike a chord with you? If so, maybe you should join the the Lib Dems.
2 - You Want To Stop Brexit
Ok, here is the lead. The Lib Dems are the largest strongest anti Brexit party and Brexit is the biggest single issue facing our country at the moment. If you want to stop Brexit, you belong in the Lib Dems.
We are united and unapologetic in our aim to stop Brexit. We do not think that there is any deal that can be negotiated with the EU that better than what we already have. Our aim is to Stop Brexit by putting it back to the people in a referendum.
We have done so much in the past couple of months to show that the country does not want the Brexit deal that Theresa May negotiated and there is a real and growing majority of people who want to Remain in the EU.
With your help, we can get a People's Vote and help to ensure that Remain wins.
3 - We Are a Team
Victory is sweeter when it is celebrated with your friends and defeat is made more tolerable when you have an allies to console you. Fortunately there have not been to many defeats in the past year or two, but there have been some fantastic victories.
Camden Lib Dems are not just a political party, we are friends, confidants and allies. We frequently run coffee mornings, Lib Dem pints and campaigning sessions. When you join you will find tonnes of Lib Dems ready to welcome you into the party.
4 - Help Fight Climate Change
Climate change and air pollution threaten our future – but by investing in renewable energy and stopping the waste of energy and natural resources, we can protect our health and the environment, and boost the economy.
Lib Dems want to expand renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, cutting dependence on fossil fuel imports and generating more jobs and prosperity.
If you are particularly passionate about the environment you can join the Green Lib Dems, a campaigning group within the Lib Dems that is dedicated to promoting environmental issues.
5 - You Can Run for Office
You need to be a Lib Dem Member if you want to run for office as a Liberal Democrat. If you do want to run, we will help you to pick a council ward and, if you work hard, you can win it. You can also run for higher office.
Its ok to admit it if you want to run for office and if you are willing to work for it, there are very few limits on what you can do as a Liberal Democrat.
Our local member Luisa Porritt joined the party in 2016 after the EU Referendum. She ran for Camden Council in the 2018 local elections, overturning a Conservative majority and winning her ward by 9 votes. This year she was selected by the members to be a European Parliament candidate and, after a hard fought EU election campaign, Luisa became an MEP on 23 May.
6 - You'll be Helping us Financially
Winning elections costs money.
Unlike the Tories, we don’t rely on a small number of super-wealthy donors. Unlike Labour, we don’t rely on the trade unions.
It doesn't cost much to join the Liberal Democrats. Membership starts at £1 a month (£12 a year) with the recommended rate at £6 per month (£72 a year) and Students can join us for £1 for the first two years of their membership.
However, everything you give us go directly towards making sure we’re ready to fight and win elections.
7 - You Get to Decide on Lib Dem Policy at our Conference
All Lib Dem members can submit policy motions that get voted on by our members.
Flagship Lib Dem policies that we implemented in coalition, like a 5p plastic bag charge, shared parental leave, and legalisation of same-sex marriage – they all came from policy ideas submitted by members.
And all our members have a vote on our policies.
We don’t work like the Tories or Labour, with policy being made behind closed doors... or just ignored altogether.
If you join us you can help decide the party's future direction.
8 - We Need You!
This is not a one way street. We’d love to have you as a member! With more members we have a louder voice, more financial resources and more campaigners who can help us win in more places than we ever have before.
Not quite ready yet? You can become a registered supporter. It’s free and means we will still allow you go to conference and get involved in the party, but you won’t be able to vote for leader or on party policy.
If you don’t want to do either, you can still give us your money! We’d be very happy to accept a donation to Camden Liberal Democrats - even if you don't want to become a member.