Peter York, President of Plymouth Liberal Democrats, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Annual Party Conference in Brighton. Peter, who lives in St. Judes, is the first member from the area to be recognised by the awards panel.
The Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award is open to any Party Member never elected to public office and who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. "The panel looks for people who deserve recognition for their hard work, long service, and demonstrable dedication to the party, at whatever level. These are special awards to be awarded from the Party for whom public recognition is long overdue."
Commenting on the surge in Lib Dem party membership in recent days, local party chair Hugh Janes said, "An impromptu coffee morning was held on Saturday 2nd July to welcome new members to the Plymouth Liberal Democrats. In just one week since the EU referendum result there has been a rise over a quarter in the number of people in the party locally. People have joined from different parts of the city, are of various ages and backgrounds and, significantly, several have left the Labour and Conservative parties to join us.
Local Liberal Democrats have hailed the party's performance in yesterday's city council elections as proof that their recovery from last year's General Election is now "well underway."
Commenting, local party chair Hugh Janes said, "Yesterday saw more Liberal Democrat candidates standing for election here in Plymouth than at any time since 2010. We fielded more candidates, in fact, than either the Greens or UKIP. We saw a particularly good performance in Peverell, where Lib Dem candidate Charlotte Radmore's energetic campaign was rewarded with a jump in support since last time. Our recovery after the nationwide drubbing we got last year is now well underway.
Liberal Democrat candidates standing at the city council elections on Thursday 5 May are offering voters a strong, liberal alternative to the two old parties that have dominated Plymouth politics for far too long.
The party is standing in more parts of the city than at any time since 2010, whilst the number of candidates put up by the Greens and UKIP has slumped.
Liberal Democrats from across the South West were in Exeter on Saturday to launch their party's regional campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union. Speakers included former MEPs Sir Graham Watson and Lord Robin Teverson, who have both represented the city of Plymouth in the European Parliament.
Plymouth Liberal Democrats have paid tribute to Baroness Shirley Williams as she retires from the House of Lords.
Hugh Janes, the chair of the party in the city, said, "Shirley Williams has been an inspirational figure to me. She has brought a rare level of good common sense to the most complex problems and been a guiding light to liberals - as well as Liberal Democrats - for many years. I wish her all the very best for her well-earned retirement and want to ler her know she will be greatly missed."
Liberal Democrats were out in force last weekend, launching their party's local effort to keep Britain in Europe by delivering thousands of leafets to homes in the city.
Within the next two years Britain will go to the polls in a referendum to decide whether or not the country remains a member of the European Union.
Plymouth's Herald newspaper today published this letter from Peter York, the President of the Plymouth Liberal Democrats:
May I through this column express my shock and sadness regarding the sad news from Paris. I ask myself what can we do about this very serious problem?
Though we can never right the horrific wrongs of terrorism at the hands of ISIS, or stop the devastation felt by the people who have lost loved ones.
Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders has been swept into office as the new councillor for Clifton with Maidenway ward on Torbay Council after winning over two-thirds of the vote in a by-election held yesterday. Adrian, who was the MP for Torbay until the General Election, stood as the candidate in his home ward after the sad death of Ruth Pentney.
Hugh Janes, the chair of Plymouth Liberal Democrats, has pointed to the Liberal victory in Canada's general election as evidence of how liberal parties can bounce back after election disappointments. At the election, held on 19th October, Canada's Liberals jumped from the 34 seats they won in 2011 to win 184 this time. At the previous election the Liberals had seen their seat tally more than halve.