When I became your leader, a little over two months ago, I set our party a bold goal.
I want us to overtake the Conservatives in membership and become Britain’s second largest party.
Now, the Conservatives are rather secretive about their membership, but the most reliable numbers we have say suggest they have at least 130,000 members.
Our current membership stands at just over 100,000, so we have a lot of work to do - but the goal is within reach.
Our Membership Department tells me that one thing, above all else, convinces people to join the Liberal Democrats: hearing the stories of members like them and who share their values.
That’s why I want to hear from you. Will you share your story with me today?
If we’re going to reach the goal I’ve set, we’re going to need a major recruitment drive, and your stories are going to be at the heart of it.
So, please, share your story today and help us overtake the Conservatives.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Following the resignation, last month, of the former Chair of BELD amidst a plan that was to ensure that the voice of the British citizens living in Europe is heard back home, Paul Fisher stood for the position of Chair of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats Local Party and won the election.
With 60% of votes in his favour, Paul Fisher was elected on the promises to ensure the sustainable development of BELD as a regional party coordinating the development of local parties across Europe, to work towards giving the Britons abroad the right to vote beyond the 15-year threshold in recognized abroad constituencies and to work to ensure the Liberal Democrats ideas are shared and communicated as broadly as possible to support our membership and the work of the National Liberal Democrats back home.
Paul Fisher will remain Chair of the Liberal Democrats in France as these two mandates are not mutually exclusive but rather complementary and strive towards the same three goals described above.
Today, the Liberal Democrats in France are a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers but also a constituency that has grown from barely one hundred members to over five hundred. Paul Fisher is seeking to apply the methodology used to develop the Liberal Democrats in France to promote the sustainable development of BELD and of local parties across Europe.