Banbury Liberal Democrats were delighted to win the Penhaligon Award for 2017, for its success in tripling its membership over the last year.
The Penhaligon Award is given each year to the Liberal Democrat local party has demonstrated the greatest increase in party membership together with activities to develop and involve members and activists. This year, the Banbury Liberal Democrats, who have more tripled their membership, we presented with the award at the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference by President Baroness Sal Brinton.
The award is given in the memory of David Penhaligon, the late Liberal MP for Truro and former Liberal Party President, who died tragically in 1986. One of the Liberal Party's most effective and enthusiastic campaigners, he helped build the Cornish Liberals into an election-winning force for decades following his election as an MP in 1974. He was inspiring and popular. If his life had not been cut short in a car accident, he might have gone on to lead the Liberal Democrats following the merger between the SDP and the Liberals that he was very closely involved in making happen.
John Howson, Parliamentary Candidate for Banbury in June 2017, and Julian Woodward, Executive Committee member, accepting the Penhaligon Award on behalf of the Banbury Liberal Democrats from Liberal Democrat President Sal Brinton.