Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Only CONNECT

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 20th December, 2007

Last night, the LibDem young professionals’ discussion and social group, CONNECT, held its Christmas dinner at Thai Square, just off Trafalgar Square. (Party members interested in being involved in CONNECT can get in touch by doing a search on Facebook.) As several of its core members — not least Rab Makki, from Channel 4 — were keen backers of Nick Clegg in the leadership contest, they were in a mood to celebrate. But of course the talk round the table was about where the party goes from here. Even amongst those of us who backed Chris Huhne, there is a feeling that there does now have to be a step-change. We can’t just go on in the way we have done in recent years, just adding a few more seats at each election (or maybe even losing some next time). We need a surge forward, and that may require a change of strategy. Certainly this is something for Nick and his team to reflect on over their mince pies!

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