Below is a statement from Tom Wood, Chair of Liberal Youth, who is resigning today.
The last two and a half years on the Liberal Youth executive have been an exciting, exhilarating and often exhausting experience. Over those years the organisation has improved more than I had hoped. At times it has seemed that being part of Liberal Youth was a way of life that has eclipsed everything else, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
I always intended to see out the second term I was elected to and I was delighted at the endorsement I received at our Conference two weeks ago. Unfortunately it has since become clear that a minority of the members of the Executive did not support that resolution.
Liberal Youth needs to be united and act with common purpose if it is to continue to grow and to win influence within the party. We must not return to the sort of infighting and personal manoeuvring that has so damaged the organisation in the past. To be relevant we must act maturely and consistently.
Though being chair of Liberal Youth is, in normal circumstances, a wonderful experience, it is exhausting and requires a great deal of sacrifices. These are sacrifices I’m willing to make to work hard for an organisation I passionately believe in, but not in order to fight with a small group from my own team.
I am not willing to continue without the wholehearted support of the whole executive. If a different figure would help keep Liberal Youth campaigning and united then it is better that I step down.
I have therefore resigned as Chair of Liberal Youth to direct all my energies into my role as Organiser of Portsmouth Liberal Democrats.
I apologise to those I feel I have let down by leaving but I need to act for the common good. I would like to thank all those who have supported me in unanimous vote of commendation of my leadership at Conference, and the many members who have expressed their kind support for me in over the past couple of days both to me and to others, and to all the hard working activists across the country.
Sorry it had to end so soon, but it’s been a hell of a ride.
If any of you happen to be in Portsmouth I’ve got a sofa bed some nice whiskey and a big stack of Focus leaflets waiting for you.
Good luck Tom. Thank you for your hard work and dedication for the organisation.