Barnet Liberal Democrat membership increases by 12% in the first 12 hours of the campaign
Membership of the Barnet Liberal Democrats has jumped sharply since May's announcement of the snap General Election on Tuesday.
There has been a 12% increase in membership in the first 12 hours of the campaign with people moving across from both Labour, Conservatives and people new to politics. New members have cited their dismay at, "Labour's supine opposition and failure to spell out the benefits of the EU" and that, "Liberal Democrats are the only principled party left post-brexit" who have the, "courage to expose Brexit for the economic and social justice disaster it is."
Marisha Ray, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Chipping Barnet, comments:
"I welcome our new, diverse and growing Liberal Democrat membership in Barnet. Chipping Barnet, London and our whole country face many important challenges in the weeks and months to come, it is important that we all engage fully with the questions that we believe are important during this election. It is important that we all involve and engage with our whole community."
Jonathan Davies, who is standing in Finchley and Golders Green for the Lib Dems, adds:
"We have seen our membership double since the Brexit referendum last year. There is a real appetite in Barnet, which voted heavily to Remain, for a clear anti-Brexit voice and it is only the Liberal Democrats who can represent public opinion in the Borough clearly and effectively."
Alasdair Hill, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hendon, concludes:
"The boost in membership locally in a matter of hours since May's decision to call an election demonstrates a real demand across the Borough to stop the disastrous Hard Brexit that the Tories are forcing upon us. If you want to fight to keep Britain in the Single Market; for Britain to keep it's shared values with our continental allies and for the opportunity to have a final say on Brexit then the only party is the Liberal Democrats. Members are leaving Labour and joining us as the only party that can stop a Tory government."
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Written, produced and promoted by Richard Logue on behalf of Alasdair Hill, Marisha Ray and Jonathan Davies of the Barnet Liberal Democrats all at 21 Hammers Lane, NW7 4BY