December Newsletter


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.


Chair's Message


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 ( 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. 

Best wishes.

George Cunningham, Chair,

2019 & 2020 Lib Dems Overseas Executive.

Recent Events

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

Election campaigning

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

The University of Sussex is running an online survey of the participation of Britons living abroad in UK elections from 2015 – 2019, which aims to collect original data on the political practices and preferences of this traditionally ‘hard to reach’ part of the population.  The results will be analysed in a series of blogs and academic articles to be published in 2020. The survey will be disseminated using the ‘snowballing’ technique which works like a chain letter, requiring people to circulate the online link to their organisations and/or to any British friends, family members and colleagues, encouraging them to complete the survey and to forward the link to their own contacts. The success of the survey depends on a high response rate, so please take advantage of this festive season to send the survey link to any British citizens that you know living outside the UK, whether or not they are voters.
More details are given on the opening page of the survey at:

Upcoming Events

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:

Location Venue
Date Time Contact
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



Published and promoted by John Shardlow on behalf of the Lib Dems Overseas

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