Lib Dems buoyed by membership surge across West Midlands

By Peter Madeley | Politics | Published:

The Lib Dems have seen a surge in members across the West Midlands on the back of Parliament’s Brexit chaos, the party has claimed.

MP Chuka Umunna joined the Liberal Democrats in recent days

Membership numbers are up by more than 1,000 in the last six weeks, according to regional bosses.

It comes after the party produced a bold showing in the European elections, finishing second in the UK with 16 MEPs, including one in the West Midlands.

And local campaigners say former Labour MP Chuka Umunna’s decision to join the Lib Dems has seen “confidence sweep through the party”.

Julian Donald, the Lib Dems chair in Wolverhampton, said: “We are now the real opposition across the whole country.

“Next year is when all the hard work of volunteers will pay off. We are back as a real force.”

The party is due to elect its new leader on July 23, with deputy leader Jo Swinson and former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey vying to succeed Vince Cable.

Party bosses say membership was also boosted by a strong performance in May’s local council elections and is now at its highest ever levels.

In the West Midlands it has grown by 1,271 since the start of May, up by 20 per cent.

Peter Madeley

By Peter Madeley

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.


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