On behalf of CSLD, I want to welcome you to our website and to our society.
CSLD is the oldest Liberal Youth branch in the UK and still one of the largest and most active. Our members are active and diverse and our alumni are some of the most influential and important on today’s political scene. But here at CSLD, we are not career politicians. We’re all young people, living and working in Cambridge, united by the fact that we believe in a Liberal vision for Britain. Since the disastrous May election, youth membership of the Liberal Democrats has tripled and this has been reflected in CSLD’s own membership boost. We lost a fantastic MP, Julian Huppert, but we have not lost any voices in the outcry for a Liberal country. The current Tory government have launched attacks on human rights, on immigrants and refugees, on young people’s welfare and economic security, on affordable housing – in short, every value that the Liberal Democrats fought hard to safeguard in government and are still trying to preserve.
Times have been tough for the Liberals since then but we are more equipped than ever to spread the Liberal message. To quote our newly elected leader, Tim Farron, “this is a Liberal country” and CSLD is proud to play a part in keeping it that way. This year, CSLD will be campaigning to stay in the EU, above all else. We firmly believe that the way forward for Britain is to remain part of a union where nations gather to find democratic and mutually beneficial solutions for our continent and the world at large. We at CSLD are willing to fight for this with zeal. In addition to this, we will be campaigning to educate about Liberalism in general – to ensure that Cambridge and the youth population in general understand that there is an alternative to the authoritarianism of Labour and the Conservatives. We will be debating our political opponents this year to show exactly why Liberalism is so important in today’s modern political scene.
Of course, we do not just campaign at CSLD – it is an important part of our presence in Cambridge but it is not the only part. We love to debate amongst ourselves in our regular Drinking Liberally events, where members are encouraged to stand up and express themselves over a pint. We also throw fantastic socials – at our last garden party, we had attendees from all over the country – and our annual Christmas party is considered a highlight of the Cambridge political canvass. We are hosting drinks for new members, including our Freshers Squash, and our events have grown exponentially from there. Whatever your interest in joining, CSLD would love to have you. We’re incredibly friendly and always looking for more members to contribute, be it to our executive, campaigning or just as drinking companions on our numerous trips to the Maypole pub (another old Cambridge institution.) Don’t be afraid to come forward and say hello – you don’t need any previous political knowledge, you don’t need to be a die-hard politico and you don’t need to a Cambridge student either! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and look out on Facebook for our upcoming events!