December 2019 Newsletter
|Merry Christmas and welcome to our December 2019 newsletter - a quick round-up of recent happenings and upcoming opportunities especially for our members outside Europe.|
Dear Lib Dem Friends,
May I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Of course, the 2019 General Election was a massive disappointment for us. Brexit is now inevitable. We must however put all this behind us and play our positive role in a fast-changing world, not helped by our country isolating itself and becoming a prey for bigger players.
This has not changed our mission as UK Lib Dems' one and only (g)local party. The UK Lib Dems' reputation remains strong in organisations such as Liberal International and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE). Our talented newly-elected Lib Dems Overseas Executive (https://www.libdemsoverseas.com/our_team_2020) is already engaged in promoting liberal democracy in Asia where our membership is strong, as it is in North America.
We want to encourage more Lib Dems Overseas members to become active, in particular in Latin America, the Gulf and Africa. The world is in trouble and it needs organisations like ours to make their contribution. Contact me directly on [email protected] to get fully stuck in.
George Cunningham, Chair,
2019 & 2020 Lib Dems Overseas Executive.
ALDE Party Congress
Alliance for Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) had their Party Congress in Athens 24-26 October 2019.
Pictured here from left: Robert Woodthorpe-Brown, George Cunningham, Mr and Mrs Sam Rainsy, Paul Reyolds and Merlene Emerson.
Liberal International ExCom
Liberal International held a meeting in Fes, Morocco 22-24 November 2019.
Lib Dems Overseas AGM
Lib Dems Overseas Annual General Meeting took place via Skype at 12.00hrs UK time Sunday 1st December.
The newly elected executive and coordinators can be found at the "Our Team" page here.
The Chair's Annual Report can be found here.
Visit to Tokyo
Paul visiting Lib Dem members in Tokyo, November 2019
Two members of the exec committee travelled to the UK for the election campaign:
- Ian who traveled from Thailand campaigning in the recent UK general election. Can you spot the hope for the future?
- George went to Dorset North to help with David Chadwick's campaign.
Election Survey of Britons Abroad
New Year drinks will be held in various locations around the world. Please get in touch with the contacts below if you would like to attend any of these:
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Changkat Bukit Bintang||10th January 2020||8:30 pm||John Shardlow +60 12 377 0507|
|Bali, Indonesia||Kopi Bali||24th January 2020||10:00 am||Colin Bloodworth +62 816 921258|
|George Town, Cayman||Blue Stone Lane coffee shop||25th January 2020||10:00 am||Caroline Hey +1 345 325 8889|
|Toronto, Canada||Queen Anne Boleyn, 287 Richmond St W||15th January 2020||7:30 pm||Victoria Bateman +1 647 723 6134|
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