• Article: Jun 14, 2019

    We've had an exception two months, winning elections, breaking records and growing our movement. Get the low down here:

    Local Elections

    We saw our party's best ever local election results, taking control of twelve councils and winning 706 council seats across England.

    We took control of Vale of the White Horse, Hinckley & Bosworth, North Norfolk, Winchester, Bath and North East Somerset, Cotswolds, Chelmsford North Devon, Mole Valley, North Devon, Somerset West & Taunton and Teignbridge Councils.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Leaving a political party is never an easy decision - nor one that one makes lightly. I know that from my own experience nearly 40 years ago!

    Tonight, Chuka Umunna announced that he has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    And I am delighted to welcome him to our party, as the Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    We kicked off a series of leadership hustings in London this weekend. Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, contending to succeed Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats, were grilled on their vision for our party.

    You can read more about the candidates' plans here:

    Ed Davey Jo Swinson

    Or, you can get involved - find your nearest hustings here:

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    We are currently looking for members for three new policy working groups on the future of work, the natural environment and utilities.

    The working groups will take evidence and prepare policy proposals to submit to Autumn Conference 2020.

    Working group members are expected to attend meetings (in person or by dialling in), input their ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the policy paper. The position is voluntary.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    As a Party we depend on our volunteers - members like you - to run things. We are introducing the new Liberal Democrat Disciplinary Procedure this Summer and need members to volunteer to make it work.

    As part of the new disciplinary procedures we need teams of members to volunteer for the four roles that need filling. These are Adjudicator, Investigator, Independent Person (Mediator), and Party Mentor.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    We can stop Brexit - we must. For our economy. For our families, friends and neighbours who've made Britain their home. For what it says about us, as a country.

    You could pick a hundred reasons why we must stop Brexit. Top of my list is the fight against the Climate Change Emergency.

    Climate change's devastation won't respect borders - you have to work internationally, with other countries, if you want to save our planet.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    It has been an amazing week since I launched my campaign to become Leader of our party.

    From my campaign launch with young tech apprentices to appearances on the Andrew Marr Show, Question Time, Good Morning Britain and the Today Progamme (twice!), my feet hardly touched the floor.

    I am standing because our party, and our country, are at a turning point.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    The Conservatives aren't exactly covering themselves in glory as they decide who'll be the next party leader.

    Michael Gove's cocaine admission has garnered a lot of press. As education secretary, Gove forced through legislation that banned teachers from the classroom for life if they were convicted of possessing a class A drug.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2019

    Firstly, I want to say two important things to all of you reading this: welcome and thank you.

    Welcome, because I know that many of you reading this will be doing so for the first time, being among the thousands of people who have joined the party in the last few weeks.

    Thank you, because it is a result of the energy, persuasive skills and shoe leather of so many of you that we're having this leadership election on the back of our best ever local election results and our best ever European election results, and even top of a national poll!

A huge thank you to everyone who worked on my campaign in the Meon Valley.

We moved from 4th to 3rd, increased the Lib Dem vote by 913 share of the vote +1.2%pts. Not everything we wanted, but a creditable result given the national trend!

So thank you!

Best wishes

Martin

Martin Tod is Chief Executive of a national health charity, as well as a Hampshire County Councillor and Winchester City Councillor.
On the county council, he specialises in health and social care, and played a leading role in opposing Conservative cuts to support for older people which, as predicted, have led to a sharp increase in bed places lost due to patients being kept on in hospital after they are ready to go home and dramatic growth in the number of cancelled operations in local hospitals. He has also campaigned for improved road safety and for the council to take stronger action on air quality and the environment.
After studying economics at Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, Martin worked in international business for P&G for many years, before joining Vodafone as a senior marketing executive. Following this, he moved to work for Shelter - the housing and homelessness charity - before joining his current charity, the Men's Health Forum in 2013.
His interests outside work and politics include travel, photography, cycling and cooking.

Martin's priorities include:
路 Protecting local business and local people's jobs by stopping a damaging hard Brexit
路 Better funding for our local NHS
路 Stopping the proposed Conservative funding cuts to local schools
路 More affordable housing
路 Action on air quality and the environment