Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Happy new Hilary!

Joe Ammoun, President

Dear Friends

Welcome to the Hilary edition of Ad Lib, complete with a new, exciting design. A big thank you to all those who contributed to this effort, and special praise to Sean Mcmahon, our dedicated Press and Publicity Officer, who as always put in a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work.

Last term was a true and absolute success for OULD, with a range of fascinating high-profile speakers, a heightened and professional presence at the Freshers Fair and great work on our Environment campaign, and I would like to congratulate Katherine Wall on a superb term and beginning to the year, and thank her for the huge commitment she has made, and continues to make, to OULD and its activities.

This term the trend continues with an excellent group of speakers in the pipeline, including Ed Davey, Norman Baker, Charles Kennedy, Steve Webb and Lynne Featherstone on a range of interesting and intriguing topics from ‘Global Governance and Britain’s role in the World’ to ‘What are the Liberal Democrats for?’ We will also be debating the Tories on the question ‘Should Liberals Vote Conservative?’, so look out for OULD email updates, posters and facebook messages for more details.

We will be running a great range of social events, starting with our ‘Beginning of Term’ Drinks on Thursday 17th, 6.30PM at the St Edmund Hall Old Dining Hall – there will be two dinners this term, to begin and end our happy eight weeks together. We will be continuing the popular Pints and policy every Tuesday at the Mitre (starting at 7.30), will be having a ‘mid way meet up’ in 4th week complete with wine and nibbles, and we may well be sharing a dinner will FOULD (OULD alumni.) There should be the chance for meeting up with our Cambridge counterparts in London and there’ll be the opportunity to take a trip to the LDYS conference at the end of term (sleep over in a hall included!)

We’ll have some fun campaigning events this term too – with Saturday activism sandwiched between a fish and chip lunch and evening of banter in the bar.

The Liberal Democrat party has an exciting and successful future ahead and so does OULD. We have grown, consolidated and grown again, and this term will be no exception. With our society taking action in local politics, hosting speakers and holding socials and debates we will become a stronger force in Oxford University, joining the fight to preserve and extend the essential freedoms of the British people, giving power to those whose lives are affected most by the exercising of it and opportunity to those born without the advantages of wealth and attention. We have the intellectual high ground, lets make it show in 2008 – the future’s Bright, the future’s Orange.

With Liberal Love

Joe Ammoun
President, OULD

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