We are putting arrangements in place for our AGM on 30th October. Of course you will be able to join the AGM on line through Zoom, but we are also investigating whether people could attend face to face as well, given the right technology and the COVID guidance that applies at the time.
We are looking to strengthen the Executive Committee. There are all kinds of roles where we need support, from back office tasks such as data management and minute taking to getting out to do some campaigning.
If you would like to find out more about what these tasks involve, do contact Fiona Leacock for a chat on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07831 182110. The formal request for nominations will go out with the calling notice for the AGM.
September has always been a time of beginnings, the time of preparing for the new school year, either your own or that of your family. With a new start comes not only excitement and curiosity, but worries about the unknown. This year is a reboot for all of us as we have come out of lockdown. We are all trying to work out what we are allowed do, what we really want to do and what we will have to do differently. I took on the Zoom challenge during lockdown, and I can see myself continuing many activities on line, but I do miss meeting my friends life-size, rather than just their head and shoulders on a small screen. When you are on line, you can be relaxed as you don’t have to worry about the precautions you should be taking, but it is hard work when someone disappears into the gloom, finally showing nothing more than the ghostly reflection of the screen in their glasses.
We in your local Liberal Democrat party have been working through the opportunities we have to keep liberalism alive in North Dorset
We are taking turns to compile the monthly newsletter and it’s my honour to take the baton for August. I became a Liberal Democrat a little more than a year ago. Following a brief period up to the general election, surfing a wave of optimism, it would be too easy to say that I find myself thrown onto the post-election, post-Brexit beach and in various stages of Covid-related uncertainty and concern. An element of that is true but our NDLD and wider community spirit has kept me going. Since joining the party, I’ve felt at home. I don’t understand why it took me so long. Almost 30 years in the Army prevented active politics, but then of course there was Brexit and now there’s Covid too. I feel that our values are needed more than ever. I’m therefore undaunted. I’m looking forward to re-building, coming back stronger as the tide inevitably turns away from the populists and authoritarians in the years ahead.
At this time of year, groups such as ours are usually busy planning Fetes and Teas, Plant Sales and Get Togethers. Summer events organised to raise awareness and to increase much needed fighting funds. But these occasions provide something far deeper than a chat and something for the garden. The physicalness of simply being in the same place, among those who think along similar lines, allows for a subliminal yet profound human connection. The Coronavirus catastrophe has robbed us all of that small but significant comfort.
'The movement is important not simply as opposition to racism, which is an evil we need to banish along with all forms of discrimination, but also as an opposition to challenge police brutality against all citizens.
We have surely all seen videos of thugs in uniform acting with impunity, in total disregard of the Law, and meeting out violence and beatings to peaceful protesters.
This behaviour is unacceptable’. Lib Dem Dorset Councillor Dave Tooke
North Dorset Liberal Democrats believe in Equality. Respect. Justice.
North Dorset Liberal Democrats support Black Lives Matter.
We have made an offer to all other parties, organisations and individuals to make common cause in our part of Dorset to meet the needs of our communities. We invite others to a dialogue about actions and priorities for the next phase, to find ways to sustain and support those who need continuing protection and to help shape a new normal.
Despite the COVID-19 Lockdown NDLD have continued working on line to develop a constituency wide development plan. The team is led by Mike Chapman and enthusiastically supported by a small group of activists.
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey said Britain could be a world leader in clean energy and renewables in a powerful speech to a full auditorium at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.
In May 2019, three Liberal Democrats from North Dorset were elected to serve as councillors on the then new Dorset Council.
The new 'Dorset Council' came into existence on 1st April 2019 and the Dorset Liberal Democrats are offering a new vision for it and Dorset.