Many of us joined (or re-joined) the Party in the aftermath of 2015's disastrous General Election result. Party numbers grew by about 20,000 at that time. Now, following on from the referendum result, our numbers have swelled again, by a further 17500 new members.
In 2003 the then leader of the Liberal Democrats, the late, great Charles Kennedy was one of only a few voices in Parliament speaking out against the Iraq war. He said:
"The big fear that many of us have is that the action will simply breed further generations of suicide bombers."
He was attacked and vilified, with a particularly horrible Sun front page comparing him to a snake. With the release of the Chilcot report this week he was proved right beyond doubt, if the last thirteen years hadn't proven it enough already.
Tim Farron made a speech to Parliament in response to the Chilcot report, in which he asked MPs to apologise to him as well as to our servicemen and women, our country and the people of Iraq.
The full text of his speech:
"Today, we stand alongside the families of the 179 British servicemen and women and 24 British civilians who died in the Iraq war. We also stand beside the many more who continue to live with injuries sustained while serving their country in Iraq. We are proud of them and we honour them.
Waverley Borough Council has published Part 1 of its new Local Plan, in draft form. Part 1 covers strategic sites such as specific plots of land adjacent to existing towns, and the proposed development of Dunsfold Park.
In response to Waverley’s long Awaited Local Plan proposals, Stewart Edge, Chairman of Waverley LibDems, has accused Waverley Council of ignoring the clear results of their own consultation in 2014.
Some Waverley residents, concerned about the poor quality of communications coming from BOTH sides of the EU referendum campaigns, have organised and paid for out of their own pockets, a "town hall" meeting with guest speakers.
This will be on TUESDAY 14 JUNE 7:30pm, at the WILFRID NOYCE Centre in Godalming, next to the Crown Court car park.
Ollie Purkiss, the Godalming Town Councillor for Central and Ockford, went today to speak to the Cabinet of Surrey County Council about the proposed cuts to buses.
Click here to see a video of Ollie's question.
After submitting a successful petition with the signatures of over 300 concerned residents, the Council had softened their proposals and agreed to keep the vital 72 bus, but still propose to reduce the service to once an hour during the day.
Godalming has recently issued a full-colour A3 Focus edition, specifically aimed at the Central & Ockford ward where we achieved a town council by-election win earlier this year.
We have been asked to post the Focus online, and are happy to do so.
As reported in GetSurrey's website (the online presence of the Surrey Advertiser), Guildford Borough Council has taken the unusual step of publishing its own transport plan, which includes a proposal to route the A3 under Guildford in a tunnel, from the A31 Hogs Back junction all the way to the Stoke junction.
David Miliband, the UK's former foreign secretary, has likened Brexiteers to arsonists in an article in today's Guardian newspaper.
Local party members have been getting the message out on the streets this weekend, about both the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election, and of course the Liberal Democrat viewpoint on the upcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.
If your local branch has been out and about recently, why not let us know so that we can promote it here on the website?
Waverley Borough Council have announced another delay in the desperately needed Local Plan, keeping the area at risk of inappropriate developments being forced through. Two local Liberal Democrats were asked to comment on this delay by the Surrey Advertiser: Ollie Purkiss, a Godalming Town Councillor, and Richard Cole, our candidate in the Cranleigh Parish Council by-election on May 5.
Ollie Purkiss said:
"Waverley Borough Council's failure to produce a Local Plan after nine years and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent is the biggest threat to this area of recent times. The rules laid out by the government clearly state the numbers of new houses that need to be built, and ignoring that will not prevent it happening.