Voters flock to Liberal Democrats after Theresa May calls snap general election. Richmond Park & Twickenham now have the highest membership in the country, with well over 100 people joining since the GE was called.
The Liberal Democrat membership surge has taken the party to a landmark 100,000 members – thanks to a staggering 12,500 joining since Theresa May announced the snap General Election.
Reaching six figures makes the party bigger than it has been since the mid-1990s and puts it on course to reach its highest membership ever within days. The biggest the party has been since its formation is 101,768 in 1994.
It means that more than 50,000 members have joined nationwide since last year’s European referendum and more than 67,500 since the 2015 General Election.
Not only did we win the Richmond Park by-election in stunning style in December 2016, by overturning a 23,000 majority, we have had an astonishing run of council by-election gains – more than 30 since last May – winning from the Tories, Labour and UKIP, and in areas that voted both Leave and Remain.
We are also the only party to have increased its share of the vote in every recent parliamentary by-election.
Tim Farron said:
“Thousands of people are joining the Liberal Democrats every day because they want to change Britain’s future.
“People want a strong opposition to Theresa May’s Hard Brexit agenda and the Liberal Democrats are the only party challenging them up and down the country. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has completely failed, offering no opposition whatsoever and giving Theresa May a blank cheque to pursue a Hard Brexit.
“This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. If you want to stop a disastrous Hard Brexit, if you want to keep Britain in the Single Market, if you want a strong opposition to fight for an open, tolerant and united Britain, this is your chance.