Duncan Hames MP writes… Help shape Party policy in two new working groups

The Federal Policy Committee is advertising for members for two new policy working groups: Reform of Public Services, and Tackling Crime and Reform of the Criminal Justice system.

The Public Services group will look at overarching issues relevant to all public services, including themes like decentralisation and user empowerment, and also address specific policy issues in major services like education and health.

The other group will look at all aspects of preventing and reducing crime and the fear of crime, through the whole range of policy interventions.

Both groups are expected to produce policy papers for the Autumn 2014 party conference.

The work of these groups will deliver a big part of our policy platform for the 2015 election – so I would encourage party members who feel they can contribute creative policy ideas to put themselves forward.

For an application form for these working groups please email the Policy Unit on [email protected] The deadline for applications is Monday 17th June 2013.

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  • David Wilkinson 3rd Jun '13 - 4:12pm

    Why? so Cleggie can ignore it, remember secret courts, tutition fees, then we have the changes to the NHS, the bedroom tax and the list goes on.
    3 years later and still no changes to the MP’s and Lords lobbying rules,but the poor, the unemeployment etc get hammered every day with new cost cutting ideas.
    We are all in together!!

  • I shouldn’t bother joining a working group. You slog your guts out on 20+ meetings to design the best policy, do research, test ideas with experts, run consultation sessions at federal & regional conferences, seek members’ views online through surveys, videos, LDV postings etc, spend ages writing up a consistent paper to reflect all that … and then in an hour-and-half of self-importance, based on no knowledge, evidence or research (and in many cases not even having read the paper), FPC decides to change it completely.

    Some of the ignorant comments at FPC are breath-taking, like criticising “dangerous new ideas” that have actually been party policy already for over 10 years. Or pushing for “fundamental” changes in the law that, ahem, already exist in law today. So much of FPC debate seems to be grand-standing to win some internal battle, irrespective of the merits of the issue itself.

    Being on a policy working group is a complete waste of time if FPC are going to act like this. I won’t waste my time on this again and wouldn’t advise anyone else to bother.

  • Richard Fagence 4th Jun '13 - 9:42am

    Completely agree with Peter. Add me to the list, Duncan, particularly to reducing crime and fear of crime. I believe I may have relevant recent experience as a retired civilian police employee.

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