Tim Farron MP: I can rebuild our party and be the strong liberal voice this country needs
Lib Dem leadership contender and former President Tim Farron MP sets out his stall to rebuild the party from the ground up after the General Election result which saw only 8 MPs re-elected.
The Liberal Democrats can have pride in the last five years. Our achievements will make the country a better and fairer place. However, after our election results I believe our party needs a fresh start and think I am best the person to help lead our fight back.
My priority as leader, should you elect me is to rebuild our party from the grassroots up. We must be the voice of liberal Britain, but more importantly look and sound like it too.
In recent weeks, we have begun to rebuild the party. I will aim to grow party membership to over 100,000 by the time of the next election taking direct and personal responsibility for a membership drive using the most up to date modern methods our technology will enable.
But membership growth is just the start. We need to be more than a political party, we need to be a political movement, with shared values at our core. As a first step, I will commit that alone or with others, the Lib Dems will proudly lead the campaign to ensure Britain remains an active and engaged member of the European Union.
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We must also fight tooth and nail to defend to defend the Human Rights Act. The Conservatives are trashing the legacy of Winston Churchill and seeing the Tories trashing his legacy, I am in no doubt that today he would once again be a Liberal. We must launch a massive campaign to defend these fundamental rights.
We must rebuild, identifying target seats based not only on the last set of results, but a rigorous look at resources, membership and demographics. Then we will equip them with the advice and support they need to win, drawing on the experience of successful campaigns so let’s get to work house by house, street by street, ward by ward to rebuild our elected representative base at every level.
Now more than ever Britain needs a political party who will stand up for the environment, human rights, equality and liberalism. I want to be the person who helps our party fightback and believe I have the skills, vision and voice to give our country the liberal voice it needs. The party must rebuild from the ground up. We have done it before and I want to make sure that we do it again.
I have a plan to rebuild our party, increase our diversity, devolve power from the leadership to the membership and further boost our membership. To make these plans a reality I need your help and I need your support. Only with your support can we rebuild the party and be the strong liberal voice this country needs.
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