a lot to cover: in 33 minutes

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Last night, the Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats was held having been postponed from two weeks prior to that.

Not just the usual…

Apart from the usual business of AGMs – that of receiving reports, approving accounts, election of officers – we listened to Stephen Glenn, Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland, for the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign. I am sure that all in the Northern Ireland local party will be doing as much as they can do to support him in his role as we volunteer to help ensure that a Yes result is obtained in the Referendum on the Voting System.

Achievements
We looked back over the last year – and noted some achievements.

General Election 2010
We made donations to the campaigns in three different seats, helping one candidate to be elected.

Membership
We have gained members particularly since the General Election in May, and are still growing.

Blogging
This blog was kicked into life thanks to the repatriation of Top 20 Lib Dem Blogger Stephen Glenn in late summer. This blog was then ranked 75 in the Total Politics Liberal Democrat blogs list.

Other blogs which are run by Northern Irish Liberal Democrats include:

Both Stephen’s Liberal Journal and Gyronny Herald have made it into LibDemVoice’s Golden Dozen a number of times since September.
Liberal Drinks
Started Liberal Drinks events which have been noted for their success at getting some of us sitting down and talking, as well as featuring Linda Jack of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee on occasion. We look forward to more of these in the New Year.

Consultations
Responded to NIO consultation on Donations and Loans to Northern Ireland Political Parties. Read it here.
Responded to OFMDFM consultation on draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration, which was supported by the DELGA Executive. Read it here.

Looking forward
All in all, the local party seems to be in a pretty active state, and I am looking forward to working, as Chair of the Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats, with the rest of the Executive elected for 2011 as we move ahead

to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity*

33 mins
We managed to get through all of the above in just 33 minutes. Is this a record for a Lib Dem AGM?

footnote
* from the Preamble to the Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democats
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