As the New Liberal Manifesto nears completition, it marks the end of a three-year process. The first meeting to set it in motion took place in November 2018 when Chris Bowers, David Howarth and Paul Pettinger met to agree what the NLM was intended to achieve. The political and electoral ructions of 2019 set the project back, as indeed did the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. But in 2021 the project was revived under a new structure with Bowers as lead author and a reference group of four people (Howarth, Duncan Brack, Monica Harding and Rob Parsons) covering pretty much every level of involvement in the Liberal Democrat party.

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