Rutland & Melton Lib Dems were treated to a fantastic supper at Rutland Water Sailing Club with speaker Phil Bennion, former MEP for West Midlands. The subject matter was on how important it is to stay in the EU for agriculture as well as other issues such as security and the economy.
We were also urged to encourage young people to vote.
Congratulations to local Lib Dem Ian Wright who was awarded a CBE for political and public service in the latest honours list.
Ian Wright is a lifelong third party activist. In 1981 he was the first elected student union president to declare for the SDP and he went on to be the Party's second staff member and its Vice President. He was a speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown from 1992-1998 and his Press Officer in the successful 1997 General Election campaign. He has subsequently been an adviser to both Ming Campbell and Nick Clegg during their leadership of the LibDems. He has been a local council candidate six times and was Chair of Lib Dems in Communications for five years.
Dr Julie Smith visited Oakham Enterprise Park in the afternoon of 3rd September, accompanied by Cllr Gale Waller and Brenda Palmer. The visit was followed by a reception at the home of Fay and Dan Howison where she welcomed some of the many new members who have joined Rutland and Melton Lib Dems in the last two years. Julie emphasised how important it is that new members should be encouraged to use their talents in order to help the Liberal Democrat party to strengthen itself. Several relatively new members stood in the 2015 Rutland County Council elections whilst another has offered to take photographs when needed. Other new members are keen to have an influence on policy making.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry migrant support centre in Calais earlier this month to meet with refugees and organisations working in the area. He is calling for there to be more support and funding to tackle the lack of water, sanitation and medical supplies in the area.