Dear Lib Dems Overseas,
It is sad for me to address you when many of you are at home, locked down.
The Coronavirus, which spread from China two months ago, is now engulfing the world. However, you will certainly be safer if you and those around you follow strictly the rules concerning social distancing, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and taking care that you ensure you rely on your Covid19 information only from credible, reliable local sources or international organisations.
For many of you with a meagre frozen pension at this time of crisis, we have asked the Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey to write a letter asking the government to consider unfreezing your pension. Baroness Sal Brinton has also been active on our behalf in the House of Lords. Colin Bloodworth, our Head of Policy, is busy preparing for the party's autumn conference with a motion which will be backed by an LDO fringe event calling for the permanent unfreezing of pensions to be part of the Lib Dems party's pension policy platform.
I have also written on behalf of the executive offering our collective services of duty of care to all our members outside Europe. We cannot offer funds but more someone for members to talk to about their issues and to try to find solutions together. Please contact us if you need help.
We had our first skype meeting last week of members who have shown interest in being active in North America.
This all forms part of the 2020 strategy that your executive approved in February, a summary of which can be found here.
Keep safe and we'll see it through together.
Chair, Lib Dems Overseas.