Beyond Campaigns - We Are All In This Together
Looking to 2020
A huge THANK YOU to all our supporters and Voters
Whatever the weather - Martin for ALL of Colchester
Lib Dems lead in Colchester!
Ready for ANOTHER election? We know they can be unpredictable. But we are getting ready. Lib Dems across the country have been polling strongly. Most pollsters expect them to do well. Or very well. And to to pick up seats across the country. It will be down to all of us. All of those caring for our country and our direction. All of those wanting liberal, decent, green and generous politics - to lend a hand. And their Vote.
Our Lib Dem led Council shows we CAN deliver. Award winning services. Strong finances. A passion for better - from our High Street to our Parks and Museums to our support for those in need. From new Council housing to a 'Best in the East' climate friendly Council.
Martin Goss is a leading Member of that Lib Dem team. A passionate campaignerr and organiser, a long term Lib Dem who will put Colchester first. Active all year and for many years, our local boy. Now our Parliamentary Candidate - here for ALL of Colchester.
Stand by. Be Ready. For Martin. Ahead in the local polls. Help us make it happen, make Colchester Lib Dem again. Martin for our next MP!
Lib Dem Colchester - A Top 10 Climate Friendly Council
Immigration is often a much maligned subject in our country, however, the Liberal Democrats locally and nationally, are proud of the contribution people who have chosen to make the UK their home have made.
The reasons for loving immigration are not just economical, although people who choose to make the UK their home are valuable economic contributors. They are also cultural, from the food we eat, to the beer we drink, it is almost entirely a result of different people coming together to share their experiences and make our lives culturally richer.
In our Borough of Colchester, it is no different, especially since we have the University of Essex within our area which we are proud of being one of the most diverse in the UK. In the Liberal Democrats, we celebrate this.
Unfortunately, hate crime based on race and religion has risen in recent years, with a sharp increase coming directly after the Brexit vote.
However, the Liberal Democrats are clear that society is strengthened by immigration and diversity, not weakened or damaged by it.
The Liberal Democrats
- Support immigration
- Support free movement of people in the European
- Want to welcome immigrants
Since before we ever joined the (as it was then) European Economic Community (EEC), the then Liberals were strongly in favour of our membership.
That is why, when the referendum was called in 2016, we campaigned heart and soul for remaining, because remaining for us wasn't just good for Colchester, it is also in the Lib Dem DNA.
Then, in 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union by the slim margin of 51.9% to 48.1%. The Liberal Democrats however, recognised the problems that would emerge from a chaotic no-deal brexit. This is why we were the first party to advocate a "vote on the deal".
This vote would pit the deal we have currently (remaining), against a government negotiated deal, taking the damaging "no-deal" option off the table. This was initially an unpopular position, but now that parliament is gridlocked, it is the only fair way to choose between two real options, not the fantasy that Will Quince, Boris Johnson or anyone else, lies about.
The Liberal Democrats are European by instinct, we believe in free trade, we are pro-immigration, not just for economic reasons but because immigrants help make our country better.
||Can win in Colchester
||Depends on the day of the week Brexit
||Remain in the European Union
||Remain in the European Union
Colchester is realistically a two party race between the Remain supporting Liberal Democrats, or the damaging no-deal Conservatives. No other party has won here since 1945. In the last local and European elections, the Liberal Democrats were the biggest pro-European party.
Colchester Liberal Democrats have a slogan, we "work all year round"
This isn't just some meaningless political jargon, it is our work ethic, we don't just pop by at election time then swan off for the next year, we make a point of keeping in contact through regular residents newsletters and surveys. Our Councillors then take your views and represent them to Colchester Borough and Essex County Council.
A prime example of this was this weekend, where we had loads of existing and new campaigners join Cllrs Sam McCarthy and Lyn Barton in their Shrub End Ward on Saturday.