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By Chair Graham Neale

Report for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

This year has seen a positive continuing of change in our structure and growth. Our executive has worked to build links, both in, and outside the party. We have increased the number of our events at autumn conference, which reflects many hours of hard word from your executive. We have also increased our membership, and our 'reach' - I hope this will continue into 2019.

I have been very pleased to be working with an executive of experienced, intelligent and hard working colleagues, indeed it has been a privilege to work with such a group. I was granted a break from actively chairing the executive, in order to fully commit to a local election campaign here in Southwark. Peter Bruce in particular was generous in taking my place by facilitating and chairing our meetings, and keeping me abreast of events. It is a testament to the good-will and commitment of the team that they continued to work so well (perhaps even better) in my absence, with all of them keeping in touch with me.

Green Liberal Democrats' stature in the party has grown, with a number of invitations to meet and work with senior party members, culminating with our party leader, and a number of MPs and members of The House of Lords attending and speaking at our spring conference in Nottingham. Keith Melton deserves a special thanks for his hard work in making that event such a success. Our efforts to be more available and relevant to campaigners and candidates has including the production of campaign 'packs', approving candidates with a commitment to our values, and trying to maintain a presence at regional conferences. The use of social media, especially Facebook for discussion and news updates has taken a lot of pressure away from our regular production of 'Challenge' magazine, edited by Christian Vassie. The magazine represents a massive commitment of work from Christian, and some cost to us. We are offering the magazine in an on-line format, and moving to regular newsletters and updates via email.

Our membership numbers are growing, and we are well placed for an expansion in our membership, with Simon Oliver's on-line sign up system now working effectively. Similarly our accounts and finances are positive, thanks to Simon's diligence and skills.

We are taking a more active role in campaigning, with Steve Mason reaching out to external groups, and networking inside the party. We have built on Jane Brophy's links with ALDC, who are working with us to produce a campaigners' training session here at Brighton. Our social media presence continues to grow, with Kevin Daw's management, while George Miles is maintaining our website, both of these duties requiring a regular commitment of time and know-how.

I would encourage members and supporters to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, to keep up with the changes we are facing, and our responses to them. We are using social media as a way of hearing our members' concerns, and picking up on new issues.

Finally, thanks to everyone I have mentioned, and to all our members and supporters who have helped keep Green Liberal Democrats at the heart of the party.

Graham Neale,
Green Liberal Democrats
September 2018