Wefan Gymraeg

Lib Dems hit highest ever membership on eve of local elections


The Liberal Democrats have hit their highest ever number of members, eclipsing the high watermark of 101,768 set in 1994.

More than 14,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats in the two weeks since the General Election was called. More than 50,000 members have joined since last year’s European referendum and nearly 70,000 since the 2015 General Election.

Tim Farron pledged to build the party to 100,000 members by the end of the parliament as a key pledge during his 2015 leadership campaign - but at that point everyone expected the end of the parliament to be 2020.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mark Williams said: “We are going into these local elections bigger than ever before, with a clear message and a growing sense of momentum.

“Communities across Wales are calling for the end of out of touch and complacent councils. People want hard-working councillors who will get things done in their communities, like fixing our roads, improving community services, cleaning up our streets, and supporting small businesses.

“In too many communities, councillors have forgotten who they are there to serve. You can change that tomorrow.

“We need a revolution of ideas and talent in local councils. We have shown that time and time again when Welsh Liberal Democrats are given the opportunity we can change people’s lives for the better.

“If you want better local services, better schools, a better politics and thriving town centres, vote Welsh Liberal Democrat tomorrow." 


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