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Lib Dems see huge surge in membership as Labour lose 7,000 members

February 3, 2017 11:35 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge in membership with over 4,000 new members joining the party over the last month, many of them former Labour members. This brings the party's membership to over 82,000.

The news comes amid reports that 7,000 people have quit the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance. A senior Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets also announced today he is defecting to the Liberal Democrats due to Jeremy Corbyn's position on Europe.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said:

"Labour under Corbyn have become cheerleaders for Brexit and are failing to provide a decent opposition.

"It's no surprise that so many former Labour members are voting with their feet and joining the real voice of opposition.

"They know we are now the only party fighting to prevent a damaging hard Brexit and to give the British people the final say on the deal.

"The Liberal Democrats will provide a home for all who want to stand up to this government and keep Britain open, tolerant and united."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

It was reported in the New Statesman this week that 7,000 people have quit the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance (link)

Tower Hamlets councillor Andrew Cregan has revealed today he is defecting from Labour to the Liberal Democrats as he "cannot see Labour any longer as an unambiguously pro-Europe party" (link)