The Government’s Dad’s Army approach to Brexit

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

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January Brexit Action Days

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Across the UK, we are asking teams to head out onto the doorsteps and campaign for a final say on the weekend of 12/13th January, just a few days before Parliament votes on Theresa May’s disastrous deal.

It is clear Brexit is a national embarrassment and the Conservatives are making an absolute mess of it.

And as much of the polling shows, more and more people agree with us – in December alone 30,000 people joined our campaign for an Exit from Brexit.

But with so few days left before the vote, we need urgently to ramp up our campaign and that’s why we need you to head out on the doorstep.

When planning your action day, don’t forget our planning pack, packed with top tips and ideas for making your next Action Day a success. You can get it right here – libdems.org.uk/brexit-campaign-pack.

The key things to work out at this stage are:

  • What you want to achieve on the day – recruitment more campaign supporters, collecting more email addresses or more Voter ID.
  • A place to meet or a venue to be based from
  • Timings – what time will you start, what times will each session of door knocking start, what time will lunch take place?
  • Who will do what – think about who will be ready to greet people, who can lead out your canvass teams and if you need someone to greet stragglers or make some cups of tea.
  • Whether you need order leaflets for the day – all are available here: www.libdems.org.uk/brexit-leaflets. Order by 1pm Monday 7 January to receive your leaflets Friday 11 January.
  • Add your event to our website https://www.libdems.org.uk/brexit-action so we can also help promote your day.

I’d also make sure there is a social element to the day too. It’s vital we make sure not only the day is fun, but that we have an opportunity to say thank you for everyone’s help. Make sure the venue and activities are accessible to everyone.

The best thing about an action day is the impact on morale on the local party – it’s great to get everyone out campaigning as a team on a shared vision – and help us secure an Exit from Brexit.

This is not who Britain is

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

The past few years have seen the worst refugee crisis since the Second World war, as conflict in places like Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Eritrea have forced many thousands of refugees to flee for their lives.

Just 239 of these refugees have attempted to cross the Channel and find refuge in Britain this winter.

But rather than help these people, the Home Secretary has chosen to increase patrols and surveillance over the Channel, and question whether these people are ‘genuine’ refugees.

He has said that the Conservatives will do everything they can to make sure that those seeking asylum are not successful.

That the Home Secretary would be working to make it harder for refugees to find safety in Britain is horrifying.

That the Home Secretary would be working to make it harder for refugees to find safety in Britain is horrifying.

And yet, also not surprising.

We have seen what this xenophobic, immigrant-attacking Conservative government is capable of. All in the name of appeasing the racism of its most right-wing supporters.

This is not right. This is not who Britain is.

Britain should be on the side of welcoming refugees and helping them find a better life.

If you agree, please back our campaign now.

Three crucial months: Vince Cable’s New Year Message

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

After two long years of negotiation, the Prime Minister has brought back a Brexit deal that satisfies no-one. Her reaction is to try to scare people with the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. In reality, that can’t happen unless she decides it should.

So the only way forward – now – for the country and the Prime Minister is for the public to have the final say, and the option to Remain.

It’s a campaign we Liberal Democrats started more than two years ago. Now millions of people have joined us in demanding a better future than Brexit Britain has to offer.

And the power of the millions who have signed petitions, lobbied their MP, or marched on Parliament – 700,000 of them just this year – is beginning to bear fruit. A People’s Vote has moved from being a possibility to being a probability.

But only if we keep the pressure up. If we succeed, 2019 will be a year remembered not because we harmed our country with Brexit, but because we – the people – stood up and stopped it.

And if we do that, our Parliament and Government can once again deal with big issues like climate change, rising crime, the social care crisis, homelessness and housing supply, all of which have been neglected because of Brexit.

Enjoy your New Year celebrations and then let’s get out there in 2019 and win the fight for a People’s Vote and a brighter future for Britain.

Ad Lib Magazine: New edition out now

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

The 2018 edition of Ad Lib Magazine is out now. Read it here:

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Starting next year, Ad Lib will now be an online-only publication, released quarterly. We’ll also be sending some of the editions to our members who aren’t on email as well.

If you’d like anything included in future editions, please email membership@libdems.org.uk.

And of course, if you have any feedback on this issue, please just email us!

We hope you enjoy this edition!

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Empty chairs at the Christmas table

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

This Christmas, I have worked with St Giles Trust to learn more about the gang culture which is fuelling knife crime and tragically costing young people their lives. St Giles works directly with those affected, providing education, mentoring and support to fill the void into which gangs otherwise slip.

In the film, I discuss the causes of knife crime with Liam, a St Giles Project Co-ordinator. And we hear the incredibly brave voice of Sophie Kafeero whose own son, Derick, was killed last year – now she is campaigning with her local MP, Ed Davey, to take knives off the street.

As we sit down to our Christmas festivities, I hope the film helps to remind us of those who have lost someone; who have an empty chair at their Christmas table. And helping charities like St Giles is one way we can make a difference.

Paddy Ashdown will be hugely missed

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Earlier this evening, Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats passed away following a short illness.

Our thoughts are with Jane and Paddy’s family this evening.

This is a hugely sad day for the Liberal Democrats and for the very many people across political and public life who had immense affection and respect for Paddy.

Few people know how hard he fought to get into politics following his service in the marines and diplomatic service. He exercised every ounce of his considerable personal stamina to win the Yeovil seat.

Paddy was a personal example to me and to many other candidates.

Paddy was a personal example to me and to many other candidates. The time he made for his indefatigable campaigning involved considerable personal sacrifice, building the constituency result up from a low base to famous victory in 1983.

Once in Parliament, he made a real mark. He was always listened to, in particular, on international issues and defence.

He took up unpopular causes where he was respected for his convictions, in particular promoting the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong, and – later – military intervention in Kosovo.

As Party Leader, he took time to tour the country staying with families all around Britain, as part of his ‘Beyond Westminster’ tour, properly understanding people in the recessions of the 1990s.

He took up unpopular causes where he was respected for his convictions, in particular promoting the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong, and – later – military intervention in Kosovo.

He inspired the Liberal Democrats from a polling position he famously described as ‘represented by an asterisk’, to become a formidable campaigning force, doubling the party’s representation to 46 MPs and laying the ground for the strength which later took the party into government.

It was an immense pity that he himself didn’t see office in government.

Though the Liberal Democrats had enjoyed incredible success in 1997, in large part due to his leadership, the Labour landslide meant that New Labour did not need Liberal Democrat support. It was a mark of his strength that he nonetheless successfully pushed the Blair government towards constitutional reform.

Sent by Tony Blair as High Representative to Bosnia, he brought that country back to stability, showing the qualities he could have offered to the Cabinet here.

Paddy was aghast at the direction our country has been taking, and as ever did all he could to campaign for a change of course.

Finally, he has been a powerful voice was of real significance for the pro-European cause in recent years. He was aghast at the direction our country has been taking, and as ever did all he could to campaign for a change of course.

He will be sadly missed in all parts of politics and Parliament.

We have set up an online book of condolenceshould you wish to share a message or simply leave your name. All messages will be sent to Paddy’s family.

You can add your name and comments here:www.libdems.org.uk/book-of-condolence-paddy-ashdown

Corbyn Wants His Own Brexit

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Throughout 2018, Jeremy Corbyn has refused to fight this chaotic, disastrous Brexit.

He has pulled his punches on this Brexit mess. He has let Theresa May off the hook in key votes. He has resisted calls within his own party for a People’s Vote. His weak opposition has helped the Conservatives get this far.

The vast majority of Labour voters would prefer to stay in the EU and Labour members demanded support for a People’s Vote at their party conference. Still Jeremy has fudged his position time and again.

The country deserves real Brexit opposition.

He’s now admitted that if he won an election he would continue this chaos by going to Brussels and trying to secure his own version of Brexit.

His supporters deserve better.

Liberal Democrats are the real oppositionon Brexit. We have taken the fight to the Conservatives where Corbyn has not. We are wholly dedicated to giving the people the final say on the Brexit deal, and the option to remain.

We’re leading a cross party movement to challenge Theresa May, while Jeremy Corbyn plays at Parliamentary theatrics with his defective no-confidence vote in the PM.

The fight isn’t over – and we can’t wait for Jeremy Corbyn.

Liberal Democrats are leading the Exit from Brexit campaign. Brexit is not inevitable – it is not a done deal.

We are winning the fight for a People’s Vote with the option to stay in the EU.

If you believe in our cause join the fight against Brexit now.

The Exit From Brexit Campaign – 2018 in review

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

With the end of year fast approaching I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know of some of the achievements of the Brexit campaign.

A year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say – now a majority of the public want to have their say

For more than two years, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight on Brexit – and this year we’ve been running our largest ever campaign outside of an election. And it’s working – a year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say – now a majority of the public want to have their say.

And that’s in no small part down to the multiple national action weekends we’ve held to coincide with key moments in the Brexit debate. These, along with the tremendous efforts of our local parties, have meant we’ve had 2.5 million face to face conversations and delivered millions of leaflets.

We’ve had 2.5 million face to face conversations and delivered millions of leaflets

In Parliament we’ve had some huge victories too – we’ve defeated the Government 20 times by leading cross-party initiatives in both the Commons and the Lords. Our lobbying MPs campaign enabled us to help supporters contact key MPs about the withdrawal agreement more than 30,000 times.

In October, 700,000 people took part in a march calling for a people’s vote – the biggest protest since the Iraq war. Now, as then, there was no sign of the Labour or Conservative leadership – whilst we were front and centre, on the side of the British people and the right side of history.

In November we held a rally on Parliament Square to coincide with Theresa May returning with the Brexit Deal. 1,000 people showed up on less than five hours’ notice to hear impassioned speeches from Vince Cable, Christine Jardine, Ed Davey, Tom Brake and Wera Hobhouse to a captive audience of sympathetic Remainers.

We’ve reached a staggering 3 million voters online and welcomed 190,000 supporters to our campaign

We’ve also run our biggest ever digital campaign, helping us ensure we are finding as many new supporters of our campaign as possible. We’ve reached a staggering 3 million voters online and welcomed 190,000 supporters to our campaign.

We also ran a digital campaign which successfully reached 700,000 EU nationals from 21 different countries in their native language, a quarter of the total living in the UK, and succeeded in registering 2.5k people to vote in the local elections this year.

We couldn’t have done all this without the support of thousands of Lib Dem members and supporters. Thank you for all that you’ve done – let’s make 2019 even better and and win this campaign.

Back a no confidence vote

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Last night the Liberal Democrats tabled a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.

The Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit for two years.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has helped the Conservatives deliver Brexit. The motion of no confidence could remove one of Corbyn’s last excuses not to back a People’s Vote.

At the moment, the Government doesn’t have to allow this motion to be debated before Christmas. But if Jeremy Corbyn adds his name to the motion, then the Conservatives will be forced to allow this debate and vote straight away.

Will you call on Jeremy Corbyn to step up to the plate and support the motion of no confidence:

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