Thursday, November 16, 2006


Getting Kick-Started

Tomorrow I am off to Birmingham for the Liberal Democrat’s “Kick Start” weekend, for local parties who want to learn more about how to maximise their chances at the Local Elections next May. The weekend is organised by ALDC (the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners - the organisation whose Chief Executive is Bury Liberal Democrats' own Cllr Tim Pickstone), and as well as training and mentoring, there'll be guest speakers including Lorely Burt MP and Andrew Stunell MP.

The weekend will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded Liberal Democrats from around the country. At the last count there are over 100 going, of which 5 are from Bury.

It will also give me a chance to take a look around my old stomping ground of Birmingham. I went to University there between 1999-2002, just at the time that the old Bull Ring was being pulled down and the whole area regenerated. I was there last just over a year ago, and the change is phenomenal. It is testament to strong local leadership that such an enormous project can come off, and has really been a boost to the city. Our hotel is not far from the new development, so hopefully I can have a look in between training sessions!

All of this of course means no blogging over the weekend, but I shall give a run-down of the news when I get back. Have a good few days.


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