Sunday, January 07, 2007


Exciting times behind us, exciting times ahead!

This has been a busy weekend. Yesterday Sedgley campaigner Steve Wright and I joined the Lib Dem Council group at St Margaret’s Community Centre for our annual away day. Although the undoubted highlight was the Marks and Spencer sandwich lunch we had, there were also interesting reflections on some of the achievements that the Bury Liberal Democrats have made in 2006, including:

- Playing a leading role in the successful “Save Prestwich Arts College” campaign
- Winning a seat in St Mary’s for the first time ever, coming from third to first and defeating The Mayor.
- Holding seats in Sedgley and Holyrood again
- Recruiting many new members and activists to help with our year-round campaigning
- Continuing to press for improvements to traffic flow in Prestwich
- Our work with the Heaton Park Action Group

And many other successes. We also outlined our plans for 2007, including winning or holding seats in the elections in May, continuing to campaign on behalf of local people all year, and leading Prestwich to bigger and better things.

It really was an exciting day, and there’s clearly going to be lots happening with the party in the coming year.

One of the great things about the Prestwich Liberal Democrats at the moment is that members are joining all the time. Across Bury our membership has increased dramatically in the last twelve months. This isn’t really surprising – locally we are growing, with more Councillors than ever before. We are the only effective opposition in Prestwich to the Labour Council who want to close our schools and can’t manage our money properly. And nationally, we are the party of fairer taxes, real action on the environment, and protection of freedoms.

Today, when we went leafleting around Kings Road and Albert Avenue at lunchtime, and Ostrich Lane at teatime, we were joined by a new leafletter, which is fantastic to see. We leaflet all year round, letting local people know what we’re up to, and the more help we can get, the better. If you are a member of the party and would like to help us, do please get in touch via the blog or by email/phone ( or 0161 798 4996). You can help as much or as little as you want. Delivering just a few dozen leaflets takes no time at all but is a massive help.

If you want to join the party in the first place, to lend your support with membership or to help with campaigning, please visit this site for more information.

You’re always welcome!


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