We can now announce that Luke Graham is the new chair of the Radical Association following a by-election, and that by-elections for executive member roles have added Jess Insall, Ross Stalker, and George Potter to the team.
We are pleased to be able to announce the results of the 2017 committee elections.
We're pleased to announce that the supplementary briefing, the second part of our conference briefing, has now been completed and is available to read. Whereas the main briefing deals with an overview of the motions throughout conference, the supplementary briefing discusses all the amendments that are being tabled, along with a brief overview of each of the options on the emergency motions ballot.
We're very pleased to be able to release our autumn conference briefing 2017. This briefing gives our thoughts on all the conference motions from a radical perspective; it is mostly not intended to be prescriptive, and mostly talks through the positives and negatives of different motions in a way that will hopefully be helpful to members when deciding how to vote.
As an association, it's been our aim from the very beginning to not only campaign for radical policies but really help unleash a new wave of liberal policymaking to see our traditional ideas and values as liberals engaged to tackle the problems of the 21st century. As such, I'm very proud to announce that we're getting started on that with the association's first policy working groups.
By George Potter - Radical Association executive member.
The outcome of the general election is one that few expected. The dust is still settling but here are some thoughts on what lessons the election result offers to liberalism:
1) There is a large anti-Tory vote in England.
Unfortunately, it overwhelmingly went to Labour. The higher turnout, especially amongst younger people, proves that there is immense appetite for an alternative to the Conservatives and the economic and social status quo in this country.
We look forward to campaigning alongside candidates up and down the country to fight for a more liberal, more equal Britain in the coming weeks. The scale of the challenge facing our party and the scale of the choice facing the electorate are monumental; we're ready to get to work and deliver as many Lib Dem MPs to parliament as possible, to fight for liberal values and against the insular, short-sighted Brexit vision endorsed by the Tories and waved through by Labour.
Brexit will kill jobs, risk protections for the environment and working rights, tear away people's freedom to move, work, live and love across a whole continent, and put huge sectors of our economy and tax base at risk. We believed it was wrong last year, we believe it is wrong now, and we will not stop saying so.
This is a brief emergency summary of amendments and emergency motions for spring conference 2017. It is supplementary to our main conference briefing, which can be found here.
On the EMERGENCY MOTION BALLOT:
We can now launch the Radical Association's Spring Conference 2017 briefing. This briefing is publicly available to provide members and other Liberal Democrats with the RA's take on the motions being put before conference, in a helpful two-page summary. The briefing is primarily meant to give our assessments of motions, from which readers can then take our concerns and thoughts to the conference floor to give them a better grounding in the debates.