Are you a Federal Conference representative? You have just five days left to vote in the Federal Committee Elections

So, here’s all you need to know.

How do I vote?

Voting papers were distributed by email to all those federal voting representatives for whom the party had an email address on the morning of Monday 3 November. It came from Electoral Reform Services and has a two part security code and a link to enable you to vote.

Those for whom the party did not have an email address were sent a letter advising them how to vote online and if they weren’t able to do that, to contact LDHQ for advice.

If you haven’t had either of these and you are a Federal Conference voting representative, contact [email protected] as soon as possible.

When do I have to vote by?

Thursday, 20th November at noon. So, less than 5 days from now. NB this is not the same as for the Presidential election which closes on 26th November.

When will we know who has won?

Sometime next Saturday, 22nd November. BUT, when we asked the Returning Officer David Allworthy this question, he asked if we could also mention that volunteers are needed to help with the count for the Presidential Election the following Saturday, 29th November. It’ll be held in London. If you can help him, please contact him on [email protected]

How do I find out about the candidates?

There are many ways. First of all, when you click on the voting link, you can find the candidates’ manifestos. Mark Pack has also cleverly embedded them on his blog.

In addition, Jennie Rigg has been asking all the candidates questions. See who has replied here.

And if you are on social media, you probably won’t have been able to avoid enthusiastic candidates inviting you to vote for them.

What do those committees do anyway?

From the Liberal Democrat website (members’ section):

The Federal Executive – 15 Places to be elected

The Federal Executive (FE) is responsible for directing, co-ordinating and implementing the work of the Federal Party, including overall strategy, campaigning, organisation and staffing. The Federal Finance and Administration Committee, Campaigns and Communications Committee and International Relations Committee all report to the FE.

The FE has 29 voting members: the Party President (who is the chair) and three Vice Presidents; the Leader and two other MPs; one peer; one MEP; two councillors; three state party reps; and fifteen members directly elected by conference reps.

he Federal Policy Committee – 15 Places to be elected

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for developing policy and overseeing the Federal Party’s policy making process. This includes producing policy papers for debate at conference, and drawing up (in consultation with the relevant parliamentary party) the Federal election manifesto for Westminster and European elections.

The FPC has 29 voting members: the Party Leader and four other MPs; the Party President; one peer; one MEP; three councillors; three state party reps; and fifteen members directly elected conference reps. It must be chaired by one of the five MP members.

The Federal Conference Committee – 12 Places to be elected

The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for organising the two Federal Conferences each year. This includes choosing the agenda from amongst the policy and business motions submitted by conference reps, local, regional and state parties, specified associated organisations and Federal committees, and also taking decisions on topics such as venues, registration rates and other administrative and organisational matters. It works with a budget set by the FFAC.

The FCC has 21 voting members: The Party President: the Chief Whip; three state party reps; two reps from the FE and two from the FPC; and twelve members directly elected by conference reps. It elects its own Chair (currently Andrew Wiseman) who must be one of the directly elected or state party reps.

The International Relations Committee – 5 Places to be elected

The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the party is a sub-committee of the Federal Executive. It meets 4 times a year, and acts as the consultative and co-ordinating body of the party regarding its activities on the international stage. Additionally, meetings are called to prepare resolutions for Liberal International and ELDR Committee meetings and Congresses in conjunction with the Party’s delegates to these occasions.

The committee consists of representatives of Federal Committees, relevant international bodies, parliamentary representatives and co-opted experts, and is led by a Chairperson elected by the Federal Executive. Five members of the Committee are elected by conference reps

ALDE Delegation – 8 Places to be elected

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) is the European Political Party to which the Liberal Democrats belong. Since its beginnings in 1993, the party has grown, with current membership from 57 European Political Parties with common liberal, democratic and reform ideals and is the forum for member parties to develop a co-ordinated policy. Within ALDE, we have 1 Member of the European Parliament (MEPs). The membership of the ALDE Party is composed of member parties, affiliate parties and individual members, and also incorporates LYMEC, the youth movement, which brings together more than 170,000 young liberal Europeans.

So, now your memory has been jogged, make sure you cast your vote. These are critical times for our party and you need to have your say about who is best to fill these crucial roles.

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  • Tony Greaves 15th Nov '14 - 1:46pm

    Well I have not had any kind of communication about these elections. This from the HQ which last year sent me a letter thanking me for “joining the party” (after over 50 years of continuous membership).

    And they wonder why I never respond to their requests for money for the central party. (I should say I give more than enough to parts of the party that I do have some confidence in).

    Tony Greaves

  • Cara Jenkinson 16th Nov '14 - 3:10pm

    I’m standing for FCC but have not received any questions from Jennie Rigg – I’m probably not the only one. So voting reps should be a bit careful about reaching conclusions about ‘non-responsive’ candidates… I would say that LDV should also be wary of promoting this as a way of choosing candidates when not all candidates have been asked to provide responses or would be aware of Jennie’s site.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 16th Nov '14 - 3:49pm

    Cara, I’ve emailed you Jennie’s questions.

    She has been trying to contact everyone and she even went to the lengths of publishing a post which listed those she didn’t have details for. I then went through that list and sent the questions to everyone I had emails for. At that time you weren’t one of them. I only found out yours from your leaflet when I voted myself this afternoon.

    And by highlighting that she’s doing it on LDV as we have done several times in the last few weeks, candidates such as yourself can find out about it and take part.

  • Richard Fagence 16th Nov '14 - 5:06pm

    And I haven’t heard anything from Jennie Rigg, either. What I have heard is questions from fellow voting representatives asking when they can expect to see their ballot papers. I think my constituency group are now all aware but I bet there are lots elsewhere who aren’t. It will not remotely surprise me if we find that the number of people voting is well down. Whatever the outcome, it has got to be sorted out before people – like me – give up in frustration.

  • Cara Jenkinson 16th Nov '14 - 6:09pm

    Caron – I did see a post from Paul Walter on 5th November advertising Jennie Rigg’s blog, which I commented on, asking Jennie to send me details of how I could get hold of her questions – but didn’t hear anything. As I would imagine many if not most candidates would have put email contact details on their artwork perhaps that would have been the place to start to get email addresses. However my point is not to negate the work that Jennie is doing – which is fantastic – her questions are very searching and pertinent. My concern is that the way that the responses are solicited favours ‘known candidates’ (e.g those whose email addresses Jenni already knows) and not those who are new to the whole process.

  • SIMON BANKS 16th Nov '14 - 8:53pm

    You have five days left and it will take at least two to read all the statements, check the attendance records and work out what order you’ll put the candidates in, assuming you vote at least most of the way down.

    Slight exaggeration, but only slight.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 17th Nov '14 - 2:51pm


    My understanding is that you left an anonymous comment on Jennie’s blog which didn’t give her any way of contacting you. She was still trying though – I was able to search through the manifestos and find a contact for you when I realised that she needed it.


    What’s the best email to contact you on – I’ll send you the questions.

  • Richard Fagence 18th Nov '14 - 10:17am

    Caron: This email address hasn’t changed in something like eight years and it is the same one that Jennie Rigg used two years ago so I am surprised she hasn’t used it. I look forward to hearing from you – and her – although I have already voted and I suspect a lot of others have, too.

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