I came to this country as a migrant myself in the 1950s and faced overt racism and xenophobia in the 1960s and 70s.
I had just been told by Department for Health and Social Care that my grandad’s medication was at risk from no deal. That was the final straw.
I felt I had no voice politically and was totally unrepresented. Getting into political activism and protesting regularly outside Parliament is the only thing I can thank my ex-MP, Baroness Hoey for.
I recall borrowing a flag on a dark december day in 2017 between meetings . It felt very good!! . Have been many times since then.
I am a retired Doctor and have never been interested in politics. When I learnt about the problems we were facing and then saw all the lies surrounding Leave and Brexit I felt I had to protest.
I first attended SODEM in December 2018. It was a few days after my Granddaughter was born, and I felt I had to do more to try to give her a good future.
Singing, dancing, shouting, holding flags and banners, and being with my friends felt like being part of the SODEM family — every time.
My MP is a rabid Brexiter and a Boris-backer. His correspondence contained untruths. He was given fair opportunity to correct that disinformation. He didn't take it.
Although I would say I am on the 'left', I was not political before Brexit. I felt bereft when the UK voted to leave the European Union...
I felt guilty that I hadn’t done enough. From the first SODEM made me feel like I could make a difference.