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  • Birdgirl (Mya-Rose Craig - Birdgirl)
    Article: Jan 20, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    BirdGirl to become youngest Honorary Doc ever.

    Mya-RoseCraig, otherwise known as Birdgirl, one of our speakers from last year`s Green Lib Dem Conference in Nottingham is to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Bristol University in February. Still only 17, this will make her the youngest Honorary Doc in the UK. WELL DONE Mya-Rose!

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Challenge magazine 2015 Winter front cover from GLD (https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/challenge-magazine)

  • Challenge December 2017 front cover (greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Articles, Photos, artwork and ideas please for GLD Challenge Magazine 2019/20


    Especially reviews of the general election - our successes and failures and lessons to be learned

    This must be printed and posted to our members before the LibDem York Conference 13 March 2020.

    Most articles will also be published on our website, so as to reach a wider audience through search engines and social media shares etc

  • Event: Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020

    13-15th March 2020 Libdem Conference, York

    GLD Fringes:

    Green LibDems with Assoc of LibDem Trade Unionists

    Greening the Workplace - How can businesses and trade unions work together to combat Climate Change?

    Business =20%UK emissions. What can LibDem Trade Unionists, GreenLibDems, employees, business owners, elected representatives.... do to accelerate climate change action in the workplace.

    Sir Simon Hughes (President ALDTU), Cllr Jane Brophy (recent MEP), Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group TBC.

    Room 3 York Novotel 20.15-21.30 Fri 13th March


    Rural District &County Green Campaigning Best Practice - Mobilising Zero Carbon Communities

    Empowering local Circular Economies with toolkits and grants interacting with LEPs. Projects from Transport to Housing and Energy with excellent benefits for wellbeing and Sustainable growth.

    With Layla Moran MP, Cllr Pippa Heylings, Cllr Steve Mason, Sue Jefferson (Realising Possibilities).

    Room 3 & 4 York Novotel 13.00-14.00 Sat 14th March


    Urban &City Green Campaigning - Hear about Key successful campaigns for Sustainable Cities.

    Preparing for May Elections? Green projects can be popular from Buildings &Transport to Energy &Green Spaces. Wera Hobhouse MP leads speakers from UK cities on best practice: CllrAdele Morris (London/LGA), CllrPaula Widdowson (York), CllrRichard Kemp (TBC/Liverpool) and Mary Page (Bristol).

    Riverside Room York Novotel 18.15-19.15 Sat 14th March


    GLD AGM with guest speaker Daisy Cooper MP

    Come and vote on key Officer posts for our vital GreenLibDem organisation and have your input on key priorities. Special appearance from our new St Albans MP Daisy to inspire us for activism coming up to May elections and beyond.

    Room 5 York Novotel 19.45-21.00 Sat 14th March


  • Article: Jan 13, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Greening the Liberal Democrat Conference(s)

    The observant amongst you will perhaps recall that, although I did not quite manage to make it onto the Federal Conference Committee in the recent elections, I was actually "Last Man Standing" in the single transferable vote as the counts progressed! Last one dropped!

  • End is nigh (Keith Melton)
    Article: Jan 8, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Reasons to be at the GLD AGM

    Calling Green Lib Dems who will be attending the Spring Conference in York…

    The much-delayed Annual General Meeting of the Green Liberal Democrats will be held in York on the evening of Saturday 14th March at 19.45 in room 5 of the Novotel Hotel.

    As well as the perfectly sound reasons of electing the new Executive Committee and hearing a leading speaker (tba), normal for an annual general meeting, of course, I would like to emphasise three additional reasons for being there. These are all to do with the Campaign Strategy of GLD - and as Vice Chair (Campaigns) I feel a particular responsibility for raising these issues with you.

  • Forest fire
    Article: Jan 6, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The World is on Fire

    I feel sure you have been moved, like me, by some of the recent sights we have seen on TV and in the newspapers of Australia on fire, as it has been for months. We worried when the Amazon lost nearly a million hectares to fires starting last January. We continued to be concerned as over two and a half million hectares of Siberian Steppes were lost to ash later in the year. Now Australia is facing a loss of more than five million hectares of bushland, including many homes and many human lives already - as well as huge losses of animal life, including, perhaps whole species being lost to the flames.

  • GLD Stall - visit from Jo Swinson (Kevin Daws)
    Article: Dec 23, 2019

    I'm tired, I'm sad and I'm frustrated.

    In 6 seats, we were less than a thousand votes away from winning. That is agonising. Some of these campaigns saw increases in vote share of 20-30% - an extraordinary leap forward, achieved by hard work from fantastic teams.

    We lost three outstanding MPs. Jane Dodds in Brecon and Radnorshire, Tom Brake in Carshalton and Wallington and of course, Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire.

    We are still coming to terms with these three results. Jo missed out by just 149 votes. To have lost our Leader so soon after she was elected is a very bitter blow.

    And on top of all that, we have a Boris Johnson majority Government.

    Despite these disappointments, we got 1.2 million more votes yesterday than in the last General Election. Our vote was up 4% across the country. We have now established ourselves in close second places in a string of seats. We held three of our Scottish seats despite the SNP's best efforts, and kept three London MPs against the Tory surge.

    We elected 11 brilliant MPs:

    Alistair Carmichael in Orkney and Shetland
    Christine Jardine in Edinburgh West
    Daisy Cooper in St Albans
    Ed Davey in Kingston and Surbiton
    Jamie Stone in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
    Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon
    Munira Wilson in Twickenham, taking over from Vince Cable
    Sarah Olney in Richmond Park, retaking the seat from the Conservatives
    Tim Farron in Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Wendy Chamberlain in North East Fife - which we lost by 2 votes last time!
    Wera Hobhouse in Bath

    That is a talented team and I know they will make their voices heard in Parliament against the new Conservative Government.

    After any election, there are lessons to learn - and believe me, we will be thinking a lot about our results over the next weeks and months. But we were honest and open with voters about our vision, and I stand by that decision.

    Let's all get some sleep and some rest. And then let's get ready to hold this Prime Minister to account.

  • Andrew Brown (Andrew Brown)
    Article: Dec 11, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    A Carbon-Free Future Delivered Fairly

    This is the aim of our Liberal Democrat candidate for Bristol South, Andrew Brown. Apparently a safe Labour seat since the 1930s, Andrew hopes to channel the former Liberal MPs who held the seat from 1906 to 1929. It is very clear that Andrew has a strong sense of social justice and he took part in Bristol's 'Sleep-Out' in October this year raising funds for the cause with a Just Giving page.

  • Net Funding Zero - Ed Davey (Kevin Daws)
    Article: Dec 11, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Vote for your Green Heroes TODAY...

    Well, here we are on Election Day 2019. We hope you have found our series of profiles of some of our greenest Liberal Democrat candidates useful in seeing them in a different light than the light of Brexit.

    Whatever the outcome of this General Election we believe that the dangers inherent in the Climate Catastrophe will be worse than anything Brexit might bring, or the hung parliament which will no doubt take another few months at least of focus away from the Climate Change problems!