We had a great AGM on Thursday. Attendance was good despite the cold weather and several local residents also joined us at the Bunbury Village Pavillion.
Dick Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords was our Guest Speaker
After the formal AGM business was completed and new Executive was elected Dick gave us a fantastic insight into the crisis in our Public Services and of course Brexit.
The main themes that came across were that it is clear that Brexit is consuming almost all the bandwidth at the centre of Politics and Government. Its distracting attention resources and money from so many other issues in the country that need urgent attention.Our public services are in a very real crisis and intergenerational inequality is increasing it’s clear that Brexit can be stopped but it will be hard to do. Despite an unfolding crisis, public opinion is not (yet) shifting so we must redouble of efforts as an effective local campaigning force on the issue.
We had a lively Q&A session to finish off with great questions from members and residents on the NHS, Prisons, and Brexit.
We’re looking forward to another busy year campaigning hard locally and getting ready for the 2019 local elections in Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Cheshire. Our membership is growing and our finances are healthy we are optimistic about our prospects in 2018.
Our Membership Officer Keith Hinde receives the North West Liberal Democrats Presidents Award from our guest speaker Dick Newby,
Richard Dawson – EWV Liberal Democrats Exec Member
We are delighted to announce that Dick Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords will be our Guest Speaker at our AGM on 7th December at the Bunbury Village Pavillion.
Dick worked for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for its whole life and was its chief executive from 1983-88. He has worked on all subsequent Lib Dem General Election campaigns, as press officer to Paddy Ashdown (1992), Deputy Campaign Chairman (1997) and subsequently as a member of the Campaigns and Communications Committee. He was also Charles Kennedy’s Chief of Staff during his period as Leader.
He was created a life peer with the title Baron Newby, of Rothwell in the County of West Yorkshire in 1997.
He was Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Treasury Parliamentary Party Committee from 2010 until May 2012. He then became a Minister as Deputy Government Chief Whip and Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords.
As Leader of the 101 Lib Dem Lords, he will be at the very heart of the Brexit legislative process and the battle for an ‘Exit from Brexit’
Dick will speak at about 8.15pm after the formal AGM business is completed: we expect the meeting to finish about 9.30pm. Light refreshments will also be served.
As campaigners in the community it’s important to understand the views and priorities of fellow residents – particularly those who share our vision for a fairer, more democratic and outward-looking Britain – so we would like to meet you.
Eddisbury and Weave Vale Residents wishing to attend please contact us HERE or email [email protected]