As Best for Britain's Director of Development, when I send emails or write blog posts it's usually to ask for money. But tonight, as Russian troops head further into separatist-held Ukrainian territories, instead I just want to say thank you for being a Best for Britain supporter, and take a moment for us to remember how important the work we do together really is.
Secondly, I want to share a message for you that I've received from former British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019), UK Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2012), former UK National Security Advisor, and current Chair of Best for Britain, Lord Kim Darroch:
By protecting our democratic freedoms at home and ensuring the UK continues to aspire to be a beacon of democracy and an upholder of international law, we are ensuring the UK is better placed to fight authoritarians around the world.
Terrible global events such as this underline the urgency and importance of the work that you make possible. Authoritarian regimes like that of Vladimir Putin delight in division amongst European allies and he has actively supported a diminished role for the UK on the international stage.
Your support has allowed Best for Britain to undertake a broad range of initiatives and campaigns focused on rebuilding ties with our European allies and defending the UK from creeping authoritarianism.
And by supporting our campaign for cooperation between opposition parties at the next election, you are actively contributing to the road towards a more internationalist, less authoritarian government, and one which does not benefit from Russia-linked donors.
In the meantime, we will continue to press for the Prime Minister to go further to make sure the UK and our NATO allies deliver an unprecedented sanctions package. With London awash with Russian money we are better placed to target Putin’s inner circle than any other nation.
At a time when the rules based international order is facing this immediate challenge, I would like to thank you for continuing to stand with us for internationalism in an increasingly dangerous world.
Cal Roscow is the Director of Development at Best for Britain.