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Oxford University Liberal Democrats set to return

The Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD) is set to restart this Trinity term. Their current president, Zagham Farhan, a first-year University College student, spoke with Cherwell to announce the return of the society ahead of this year’s general election.

Farhan stated that he had decided to bring back OULD after noticing “a lack of a ‘Lib Dem’ presence” in Oxford since beginning his time there, and he began work to revive the society last term. This recent period of inactivity was explained to be “due to a lack of committee members to take up roles”. The society now intends to extend its office terms to a year under its new constitution in order to minimise committee turnover. The newly refounded committee is “keen to strike a healthy balance between socials and politics to generate interest from a vast range of people.”

The term card will include a launch event with Oxford MP Layla Moran speaking and a session of ‘Liquor and Liberalism’, a “flagship debate and drinking event” which will continue fortnightly on Wednesdays. More guest speakers and joint-society social events are expected to be announced on the full termcard, which will be released soon.

The Society’s Vice-President, Heather Judge, is set to stand at the upcoming Oxford City Council elections in the Holywell Ward as a student candidate for the Liberal Democrats. Farhan hopes that the activities of OULD will have “a substantial impact on campaigns in an area where the Lib Dems have a fantastic chance of winning seats.”

The society has organised a virtual talk for former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for this term.

Despite the society’s political aims, Farhan assured that: “Our aim is to, as usual, occupy the centre ground and to be a home for everyone. Regardless of your politics, we want to see you at our events.”

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