English Party election results and good news on the Membership Incentive Scheme

There was good news for local parties from yesterday’s English Council meeting .The proposals we told you about to retain the Membership Incentive Scheme were passed. This means:

  • Net growth of between 1 and 10 members will qualify local parties to receive 18% of all their membership subscription fees paid during that quarter. 
  • Net growth of more than 10 members will qualify local parties to receive 33% of all their membership subscription fees paid during that quarter.  

The following results of the English Party elections were announced.

Chair of English Party

Steve Jarvis

Chair of English Candidates Committee

Richard Brett

English Council Executive

Anders Hanson
Paul Hienkens
Geoff Payne
Paul Clark
Dawn Davidson
Rachelle Shepherd-Dubey
Antony Hook
Brian Orrell
Gerald Vernon-Jackson
Simon McGrath
Margaret Joachim
Justine McGuinness.

Representative on Federal Executive

Antony Hook

Representative on Federal Policy Committee

Geoff Payne

Representative on Federal Conference Committee

Geoff Payne

English Candidates Committee

Paul Clark
Dawn Davidson
Antony Hook
Jennifer Pinkett
Margaret Joachim

The new terms of office will begin on 1st January 2016 and will last for two years, barring any constitutional change which may come as a result of the Governance Review. Final decisions on proposals will be made at Federal Conference in Brighton in September.

The upper echelons of the English Party are not, as you can see, a particularly diverse group of people. In Scotland, out of our 8 office bearers, there will be at least 4 women pending other results. The committees won’t be so diverse but the committee conveners have a constitutional responsibility to make their committees more diverse using co-options.


* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Simon McGrath 22nd Nov '15 - 11:03am

    Thanks Caron. One of the things which the English party needs to do is be far more transparent. I wrote to EC members last week suggesting a number of actions to improve this, which the Chair has agreed to:

    The list of EC members, ECE members and officers should be put on the members section of the Party website ( with contact details unless they have asked for these not to be given out)

    The dates of ECE meetings should be made available to EC members

    A summary of the agenda items and major items discussed to be emailed to EC members within a reasonable time of each meeting – and to be placed in the members section of the party website ( clearly this will need to be done intelligently given the confidential nature of some of the items discussed)

    A commitment to inform EC members about key issues as soon as possible after ECE meetings rather than wait until they are leaked

  • Antony Hook Antony Hook 22nd Nov '15 - 2:05pm

    I would like to say thank you to those who supported me.

    An English Rep on FE I represent not just those who attend English Council but all members in England (as do others represented on a Federal basis too).

    Any members should feel free to contact me.

  • peter tyzack 23rd Nov '15 - 12:56pm

    HOW was this ‘elected’, and who had the vote? As conference rep I didn’t get a ballot, but then what happened to OMOV..?

  • Simon McGrath 23rd Nov '15 - 5:20pm

    Peter – the election was from members of the English Council, who are elected by regional conf reps. They agreed a proposal for OMOV next year

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