Lib Dem membership surges to 82,000 - the highest level in two decades

More than 4,000 people join the party in January

Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

Liberal Democrat membershipLiberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said: “Reaching 82,000 members is the highest membership in over two decades. With more than 4,000 new members having joined us in January and more than 1,000 joining since Trump's Executive Order on Friday, people are responding to the politics of hatred by joining the Liberal Democrats.

“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government and it is great to welcome so many new members.

“For those who oppose Theresa May’s plans to rip Britain out of the single market, away from our biggest trading partners, we are your voice. We will stand up for those who oppose the politics of fear, division and hatred.

“The Liberal Democrats are needed now more than ever. As the real voice of opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government we are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.”

Also commenting, David Thornewell Constituency Chairman of the Tonbridge and Malling Liberal Democrats said: "Liberal Democrats have had a big surge of new members joining the party with concern about the "Hard Brexit" our own Government is following coupled with the divisions in the Labour Party. The latest Government tactic to have the vote on serving the notice to the EU and producing their White Paper the next day underlines the chaotic way this process is being handled. Coupled with this is treating those EU nationals who legally came here as bargaining chips and the suspicion the Government intend to water down employment rights, environmental protections, and ordinary people's basic rights. And on top of that turning its back on the trading arrangements, we have with our nearest neighbours".

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