Andrew Wiseman writes…Introducing the Policy Pitch

We are trying a new session at this year’s conference. The idea behind the session is to encourage policy discussion in a different way to a formal motion or FPC policy paper.

Members will put forward ideas in the form of a ‘policy pitch’. These ideas should not be current party policy, they should be new ideas or ideas that develop existing party policy in an innovative way. Rather than having to set out a more formal motion where there is a debate and a yes/no vote the member will submit their idea in a less formal pitch of up to 400 words. Those chosen by FCC will be given a two minute ‘pitch’ to conference where they will get the chance to present their idea to a panel. The panel will discuss the idea with the proposer before giving their views.

The proposer of those ideas that are successful in their pitch will be given support to bring the idea back to a future conference as a motion with a view to becoming formal party policy.

If you are interested in submitting a pity your 400 words have to be in by 13.00 on Monday 7th September. A submission form can be found here. Details can also be found on page 17 of the conference agenda.

* Andrew Wiseman is Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee.

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  • Matt (Bristol) 3rd Sep '15 - 12:36pm

    Is there a mechanism for those who are not attending Conference to ‘pitch’?

  • Richard Underhill 3rd Sep '15 - 1:35pm

    [email protected]> Recipient not found.” Is there a computer fault?

  • Andrew Wiseman 3rd Sep '15 - 3:22pm

    @Matt (Bristol) – this time round it is only for members attending conference as they have to be present to ‘pitch’ their idea. We want to see how it goes this time. One of the things FCC will be looking at in the future is now to involve those that can not attend conference not just in this but other aspects of conference.

    @Richard Underhill – I don’t recognise that domain the main HQ emails are If you want to submit a motion there is a form on the website to use.


  • Richard Underhill 3rd Sep '15 - 9:17pm

    Andrew Wiseman 3rd Sep ’15 – 3:22pm It was an email we received from HQ.

  • Paul Holmes 3rd Sep '15 - 9:42pm

    @andrew wiseman The policy@lib dems etc with subsequent bounce back was also on the recent Christian Moon email about 3 policy working groups.

  • Richard Underhill 3rd Sep '15 - 9:53pm

    Paul Holmes 3rd Sep ’15 – 9:42pm Yes. If returns are not wanted please say so.

  • Andrew Wiseman 4th Sep '15 - 8:21am

    Sounds to me that HQ is using some sort of a list server which doesn’t allow you to reply. They should say do not reply to this email but send an email to xxxxx however I’m no expert in these things and would suggest an email to the contact address on the website.

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