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Welcome to Bromley Liberal Democrats. As a new member of the Liberal Democrats who lives in the borough of Bromley you automatically become a member of the Bromley Borough Liberal Democrats. It's great to have you joining in the massive task we have of rebuilding progressive politics nationally after the referendum and the alarming march towards a hard Brexit, as well as challenging the complacency of our Tory dominated Borough Council. There are many ways you can help and these pages are designed to guide you in your early days. And remember that only a year ago Sarah Olney was a "newbie". Now she's our new MP for Richmond Park.

You've joined at an exciting time. The Richmond Park by-election result was an amazing result for us and we hope is the beginning of a louder voice for the values cherished by all Liberal Democrats. Nationally we've been winning council seats and locally we're seeing a massive increase in our membership with lots of keen people ready to help us campaign on local and national issues. There are events happening across the borough all the time, and you will receive regular emails from the Secretary to update you on what is happening.

Please let us know if you'd like to join in any of the events on the newsletters. In addition you'll soon get a phone call from one of the Executive to say hello and find out how you might want to get involved with the party locally. We want to make sure you feel welcome and help you to discover how best to help our cause and shape the future of our party. We do sometimes have trouble getting through to new members on the phone - like all of us you're probably reluctant to answer phone calls from unknown numbers - so if you don't hear from us do try giving us a call on the numbers shown below.

By way of background, we cover the three Westminster constituencies of Orpington, Bromley and, Beckenham plus the Crystal Palace/Penge wards of Lewisham West. This is a large area, so we move meetings around the Borough and arrange activity at a more local level to make participation easier. Our HQ is at 7 Station Road Orpington (opposite Tescos) and you are also able to join the Orpington Liberal Club for a small membership fee (see www.orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk).

Details of our website, Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter are given at the bottom of this letter as well as contact details for local officers. Our website includes a members' area for agendas, minutes, policy papers and a diary of events. Please help our social media presence by liking and following our Facebook and Twitter pages; there is also a closed Facebook group that we use to discuss policy issues between ourselves, let us know if you'd like to join this group.

As a campaigning party on both national and local issues, we invite all members to join in the activities of our Policy Forum where groups work on the vison and details of policies for implementation locally or requiring amendment nationally. In the Lib Dems, policy is set by the membership at national Conference which all members are entitled to attend and vote. The next national conference is in York in on 17-19 March, details can be found at http://www.libdems.org.uk/spring-conference

Campaigning in the community is centred on local groups. We have three groups covering Beckenham and Penge, Bromley and Chislehurst, and Orpington. Beckenham and Penge meet every Sunday, Orpington every Wednesday, and Bromley and Chislehurst once a month (with leafleting every week from the Red Lion pub in Bromley North - known in the local party as the "Red Lion Tendency").

The Bromley Borough party is co-ordinated by the Executive who meet every other month and to which all members are entitled and encouraged to attend. Participation is welcomed although voting is restricted to elected members. The Executive is appointed by an Annual General Meeting of the membership every November.

So welcome to your local Liberal Democrats - we have urgent tasks before us - do feel free to contact the officers at any time with ideas to make us more effective

How you can help - see our ever growing list here

Communication and Contacts

Local contacts:

Beckenham and Penge: Rich Wilsher - 07734 202638 - rcwilsher@gmail.com

Bromley & Chislehurst: Caitlin Bishop - 07900 558771 - caitlin.mccullen@gmail.com

Orpington: Allan Tweddle - 07887 752718 - a.tweddle1@icloud.com

Website: www.bromleylibdems.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BromleyLibDems/

Twitter: #BromleyLibDems

Instagram: www.instagram.com/BromleyLibDems