After the 2019 election, it's easy to feel depressed at the prospect 5 years of right-wing government. But if you share our liberal values of fairness, tolerance and internationalism, there are still reasons to be optimistic. The Liberal Democrat share of the vote went up by 4.2% - much more than the Conservatives. We gained over a million votes and our share of the vote increased in every region of the UK. So this could be a good time to join us. Still not sure? Here are 7 more reasons.
1 - You Share Our Values
The UK may have left the EU, but we are still passionate Europeans and in or out of the EU, we will always campaign for as close a relationship as is possible. Fundamentally, this derives from our internationalist, liberal values. Take a look at the preamble to our constitution - it sets out the basic tenets that we live by:
"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."
Does this strike a chord with you? If so, maybe you should join the the Lib Dems.
2 - We Are a Team
Victory is sweeter when it is celebrated with your friends, and defeat is made more tolerable when you have allies to console you.
One of the joys of becoming part of the Redbridge Liberal Democrats is meeting a diverse and friendly community who are ready to welcome you into the party when you join.
3 - Help Fight Climate Change
Climate change is already harming people, animals and plants in the UK and beyond. But by investing in renewable energy and stopping the waste of energy and natural resources, we can protect our health and the environment, and boost the economy.
The Liberal Democrats want to expand renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, cutting dependence on fossil fuel imports and generating more jobs and prosperity. Crucially, we're open to all ideas that are effective, and not ideologically wedded to a narrow vision.
If you are particularly passionate about the environment you can join the Green Lib Dems, a campaigning group within the party that is dedicated to promoting environmental issues.
4 - You Can Run for Office
You need to be a Party Member if you want to run for office as a Liberal Democrat. If you do want to run, we will help you to pick a council ward and, if you work hard, you can win it. You can also run for higher office.
5 - You'll be Helping us Financially
Winning elections costs money.
Unlike the Tories, we don’t rely on a small number of super-wealthy donors. Unlike Labour, we don’t rely on the trade unions.
It doesn't cost much to join the Liberal Democrats. Membership starts at £1 a month (£12 a year) with the recommended rate at £6 per month (£72 a year) and Students can join us for £1 for the first two years of their membership.
However, everything you give us go directly towards making sure we’re ready to fight and win elections.
6 - You Get to Decide on Liberal Democrat Policy at our Conference
All Liberal Democrats can submit policy motions that get voted on by our members.
Flagship Lib Dem policies that we implemented in coalition including a 5p plastic bag charge, shared parental leave, and legalisation of same-sex marriage all came from policy ideas submitted by members.
And all our members have a vote on our policies. We don’t work like the Tories or Labour, with policy being made behind closed doors... or just ignored altogether. If you join us you can help decide the party's future direction.
7 - We Need You!
This is not a one way street. We’d love to have you as a member! With more members we have a louder voice, more financial resources and more campaigners who can help us win in more places than we ever have before.