Fighting Fund

The Regional Development Fund has been established to provide finance and expertise where necessary to contest elections. We will also support other campaigning activity when a case is made and we consider that the resources made available will add value. May I encourage you to make a regular payment to the fund each month however small. The enthusiasm of those who are already contributing is very much appreciated.

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If you do not feel that you can make regular payments perhaps you might consider making a one-off donation send it to Anna Tarrant, SE Region Administrator, 6 Blanford Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7DR. Cheques payable to “SEELD” and Posted to the Administrator to the above address.

With your support, we will keep winning.

Thank you so much.

Jamie Sharpley


Here is how the regional by-election fund helped Angie Curwen fight the Thanet Villages ward by-election on, 11th January 2018

"A By-Election in the Thanet Villages Ward was called for 11th January 2018.  Whilst no candidate for the Liberal Democrats had stood in this ward since 2009, some work had been done here in the KCC elections in May 2017. 

Angie Curwen was selected to stand in the by-election. Mentored by Rob Bird and Antony Hook, the Thanet team, led by Mika Griffiths, put together an ambitious election plan and then set about raising the funds to deliver it. 

A suggestion to request funds from South East Region was gratefully received and their decision to contribute £200 was very welcome indeed.  Their added incentive of match funding up to an additional £100 if we could raise the same from the local party set us a challenge we could not refuse!  We surpassed our target for local donations raising £274. 

Our ambitious plan was to follow up a survey with four leaflets delivered to 2,884 rural households and the additional funds received enabled us to achieve this and more with a letter to postal voters hand signed and delivered and a knock up leaflet on polling day.

On the day we achieved 24.9% of the vote and came 2nd to the Conservatives.  While we were disappointed not to win this time we have built some solid foundations for TDC full elections in May 2019 and will be working all year round to make it happen next time"!

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