A chance to help shape Liberal Democrat policy on social security, privacy and sex work

The party’s Federal Policy Committee is looking for party members to take part in policy working groups to develop policy in three particular areas:

  • Social security
  • Security and privacy
  • Sex work

From an email sent to party members today:

The Federal Policy Committee is setting up a number of policy working groups designed to develop our Party’s policies for the 2015-2020 Parliament. The Committee would like to invite any member to apply for the following groups:

  • Social security – The group will look at what effects changes to the welfare state announced by the Conservative Government are likely to have, including on poverty and inequality. It will consider what a Liberal Democrat vision for social security policy should be.
  • Security and privacy – The group will consider how we can protect and enhance civil liberties while maintaining and improving public safety and security in the UK. Covering threats to security, police and security service powers and accountability, online surveillance and encroachment on liberty by the media and other non-state entities
  • Sex work – Following conference motion Towards Safer Sex Work (2014), the group will review party policy on sex work; covering the risks and stigma sex workers face, the impact of increased criminalisation, links to organised crime and modern slavery and the influence of developments across borders.

We would also be grateful if you could refer members who you think would be interested or qualified to apply. The FPC would like to encourage new members, in particular, to take part.

Group members will be expected to attend regular meetings, which usually take place in London outside of working hours. We try to make dial in facilities available wherever possible.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 9 September.

If you are interested, please apply here.

If you have been on a previous policy working group, please leave a comment about your experience and the way you carried out your work so that people can get some idea of the commitment involved.

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  • Richard Underhill 28th Aug '15 - 4:50pm

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  • Julie Maxon 28th Aug '15 - 4:53pm

    This refers to an email having been sent to members – I haven’t received one.

  • Richard Underhill 28th Aug '15 - 5:38pm

    Julie Maxon 28th Aug ’15 – 4:53pm It says the same as on LDV above, but it should be possible to reply to HQ.

  • Mark Valladares Mark Valladares 28th Aug '15 - 5:52pm

    @ Julie,

    Hi again! Might you have ticked a box excluding you from certain types of e-mail from the Party? Drop Membership an e-mail, and they can probably fix that for you…

    Kind regards!

  • Would be nice to have a properly radical policy on sex workers.

  • Thanks @ Richard and @ Mark (Hi again!). I’ll make contact and check. My husband hasn’t received an email either. We don’t remember ticking boxes, but you never know …!

  • Mark Valladares Mark Valladares 29th Aug '15 - 2:43pm

    @ MBoy,

    I’d settle for one that works…

  • Amazing that Lib Dems rightly, worry about the sexual harassment of women on trains and then say nothing to condone the ‘violence’ perpetrated by men on sex workers.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 29th Aug '15 - 6:23pm

    Judy, nobody would condone violence against sex workers. Why do you think that we would?

  • What I mean is that every man who uses the services of a sex worker is, in my view, committing an act of physical and mental aggression, especially when one thinks about the sex industry and how women are exploited. For me it’s not just about safer sex work, so much as condemning the men who use such services – just like we condemn those who sexually assault women on trains.

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