A new year is about to start and the Freshers’ Fayre is only around the corner. Here is a short update of what the Society has been up to over the summer to ensure that the next 12 months with us are as enjoyable and educational as possible. This is a rough guide to the first semester with the Liberal Democrats.
Last week, Jenny and Alex met with Aberdeen North constituency to arrange activist days for Freshers’ and throughout the year. Although Aberdeen South is our target for the General Election, needing just 1300 more votes to win from Labour with the Tories trailing behind in third, both halls of residence are situated in North. For training activists near to their home ground and ease of access, the Society will be coordinating some events in the north of the city that we hope will provide new member with the essential skills for campaigning come the General Election next June.
We are also arranging visits from politicians to speak at the University. This year, however, there will be a different style to discussions. Rather than the textbook lecture format that we have come to expect, the Society will be informing speakers that they will be limited on lecture time and expected to respond to a Q&A session in the style of a Town Hall debate from members. We hope this will allow anybody participating the opportunity to learn more about the party, the politicians and politics in general. Asking questions is always the best way to learn.
We also have Scottish Autumn Conference on October 14th, which you must register for (party members only) and the new Society newsletter due to be published on September 11th!
Finally, there will be a workshop from the Electoral Reform Society in November that Alex is currently arranging with Amy Rodgers, their director in Scotland. This will give everybody in the university an opportunity to learn about the benefits of electoral reform, how it has already affected them and the campaign for more change.
Needless to say, the vast majority of events will be followed by the inevitable pub trip to which all are invited.
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