I joined the Labour Party in my teens and stayed with them through good times and bad until Corbyn was elected Leader in September 2015. Upon his election, I immediately resigned because I knew, even then, that the Labour Party would no longer be a party that I could ever support. I was fully aware of Corbyn’s background, his opposition to the EU, the sharing of platforms with known anti-Semites and his economic policies. He had always been on the fringe of the Labour Party and to support a party which had him as leader was something I could no longer do.
I remained in the political wilderness for over three years, supporting the Liberal Democrats at local and national elections. When Vince Cable announced his resignation, I felt I could no longer remain on the sidelines and decided to join the Party. The Liberal Democrats are, without any doubt in my own mind, by far the best party to support in this General Election. Apart from their position on the EU, they have sound economic policies (as confirmed by the IFS just recently), a positive approach to the climate emergency and care for those in need. I find it really frustrating that they do not have sufficient airtime to present their positive policies for the future of the UK.
Whatever the outcome of the General Election, it is essential to work for a revival of the party in Redbridge. The increase in membership is welcome and we must now identify what can be done to get Liberal Democrats back on Redbridge Council. It has been done before and we can do it again.
As a new member of the Executive, I wish to play my part in the future success of the Liberal Democrats in Redbridge and I hope that you can too.
Martin Rosner 2nd December 2019
Mark Twitchett (Ed.)