Lib Dem Leadership Hustings:
The two Liberal Democrat leadership contenders - Ed Davey and Layla Moran - go head to head on Britain’s Place in Europe and the World. Video recorded 22 July 2020.
Dr Sue Collard of Sussex University has written this short history of Lib Dems Abroad which can be downloaded from here.
Our North America Branch team page is now online here.
Our members have been busy this year writing articles for publication in Lib Dem Voice.
Below we have compiled a list of these articles published so far with most recent articles at the top:
Responding to reports that China has passed a sweeping national security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson and Chair of the APPG on Hong Kong Alistair Carmichael said:
“This new law crushes what was left of the ‘one country, two systems’ framework. It destroys Hong Kong as we know it.
The European liberal leadership has reacted to the new national security law:
“The imposition of a wide-ranging draconian national security law on the people of Hong Kong by China has shattered the “one country two systems” agreement and marks the end of Hong Kong as we knew it. These are dark days for liberty and freedoms. An authoritarian chill has swept through Hong Kong harbour.” Read the full statement here
Thanks to many of you who attended this event "Geopolitics in the time of COVID-19". For those who didn't or who would like to review the session the video is posted below.
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.