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Lib Dem membership surge tops 10,000 in fight for our European future

by craigwhittall on 29 June, 2016

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Members joining at rate of one a minute as membership also surpasses 70,000

Over 10,000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats since Tim Farron declared that his party would go into the general election committed to restoring Britain’s place at the heart of Europe. They have been joining the only UK party to continue to fight for our EU future at the rate of one a minute since the referendum result was declared.

The Liberal Democrat leader addressed a packed rally in Trafalgar Square last night and has rapidly emerged as a key national figure fighting for Britain’s European future.

The new members even include some who voted “Leave”, so horrified have they been by the economic and political chaos that has followed, as well as the broken promises of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage.

Among the new members is an entrepreneur who says that the few EU laws he came across helped his business. A life-long Conservative wrote: “I can never again support a party prepared to play roulette with the country’s future.”

There are also many young people who want to be free to work, study and travel in Europe.

One new member who voted Leave wrote:  “I can’t believe just how stupid I have been, sorry doesn’t really cover the hurt my part has caused more than 16 million residents of our great country. Please save the union between the United Kingdom and Europe.”

Tim Farron said: “I don’t blame those who were duped: I blame those who lied. If the Conservatives had a shred of decency, they would set about fixing the economy they broke. Yet the Chancellor shrugs that it is not his responsibility to have a Brexit plan – even though he and David Cameron were the brains behind this risky referendum – while Boris Johnson has sounded, perhaps more predictably, clueless.

“People can also see the Labour leadership did not put their back into the fight – when history called they did not step up to the mark.

“As the other two parties fight among themselves, people are starting to recognise that only the Liberal Democrats are fighting for their European future.”