Federal Committee candidate lists announced

Libby - Some rghts reserved by David SpenderIf you are a party member, you might want to head to this thread on our Members’ Forum to see the lists of people standing for the Party Committees. The ballot will be conducted predominantly online with links to the ballot being provided to those Conference Representatives for whom the party has an email address. Those emails will be being despatched imminently. Ballots will be sent by post to those for whom there is no email address. The postie will be struggling up the path with the weight of the mailing – there are over 100 candidates for the 42 places on the three committees.

Here’s the breakdown:

Federal Executive – 15 places

Robert Adamson
Qassim Afzal
Louise Ankers (F)
Dawn Barnes (F)
David Buxton
Stan Collins
Ramesh Dewan
Joshua Dixon
Iain Donaldson
Sue Doughty (F)
Neil Fawcett
Jonathan Fryer
Jock Gallagher
James Gurling
David Hall-Matthews
Evan Harris
Antony Hook
Keith House
Kaavya Kaushik (F)
Caron Lindsay (F)
Gordon Lishman
Carl Mayhew
Pauline Pearce (F)
Candy Piercy (F)
Sian Reid (F)
David Rendel
Hugh Rickard
Adrian Smith
Jane Smithard (F)
Seth Thevoz
Alice Thomas (F)
Martin Tod
Adrian Trett
Chris White
Sir David Williams

35 candidates, 25 men, 10 women

Federal Policy Committee – 15 places

Robert Adamson
Qassim Afzal
Kay Barnard (F)
Katherine Bavage (F)
Phil Bennion
Kelly – Marie Blundell (F)
Sharon Bowles (F)
David Boyle
Duncan Brack
Belinda Brooks-Gordon (F)
Prateek Buch
Theo Butt-Philip
David Buxton
Andrew Chamberlain
Stan Collins
Ruth Coleman-Taylor (F)
Adam Corlett
Alec Dauncey
Gareth Epps
Sandra Gidley (F)
David Grace
Spencer Hagard
Jeremy Hargreaves
David Hall-Matthews
Evan Harris
Jo Hayes (F)
Antony Hook
Linda Jack (F)
Elizabeth Jewkes (F)
Kirsten Johnson (F)
Susan Juned (F)
Gordon Lishman
Sarah Ludford (F)
Carl Mayhew
Judith Ost (F)
Mark Pack
Tom Papworth
Simon Pike
Catherine Royce (F)
James Sandbach
Humaira Sanders (F)
Julie Smith (F)
Jane Smithard (F)
Nigel Taylor
Rebecca Taylor (F)
Jenny Woods (F)

46 candidates – 26 men, 20 women

Federal Conference Committee – 12 places

Robert Adamson
Qassim Afzal
Jon Ball
Rich Clare
Gareth Epps
Richard Fagence
Sandra Gidley (F)
Cara Jenkinson (F)
Liz Lynne (F)
Chris Maines
Justine McGuinness (F)
Zoe O’Connell (F)
Joe Otten
Pauline Pearce (F)
Mary Reid (F)
Shas Sheehan (F)
Jane Smithard (F)
Paul Tilsley
Rebecca Trimnell (F)
Andrew Wiseman

20 candidates: 10 men, 10 women

International Committee – 5 places

Phil Bennion
Jonathan Brown
Belinda Brooks-Gordon (F)
George Dunk
Merlene Emerson (F)
Ed Fordham
Jonathan Fryer
David Hall-Matthews
Keith House
John Innes
Gordon Lishman
Rabi Martins
Turhan Ozen
Peter Price
Catherine Royce (F)
Iain Smith
Mark Valladares

17 candidates, 14 men, 3 women

ALDE Delegation – 8 places

Phil Bennion
Belinda Brooks-Gordon (F)
Ruth Coleman-Taylor (F)
George Dunk
Jonathan Fryer
David Grace
Jo Hayes (F)
Antony Hook
Gordon Lishman
Turhan Ozen
Peter Price (WAL)
Catherine Royce (F)
Iain Smith (SCO)
Mick Taylor
Mark Valladares

15 candidates, 11 men, 4 women

There will be a measure to ensure that those elected comprise at least one third men and one third women as that was the option chosen by Conference. The Federal Executive had previously decided that the split should be half and half men and women but Conference chose a lesser figure. The ex-offcio representatives on these committees almost always ensure that the gender balance is weakened as they are predominantly men.

Voting is open until 12 November and the result will be announced on 15th November.

To see the full lists, register here with our Members’ Forum. You will also then be able to take part in our Members’ Surveys. You will find the relevant thread here.


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  • Joshua Dixon 28th Oct '14 - 10:27am

    Should be a fascinating and interesting election. As a candidate for FE I’m happy to take any questions on my facebook page:


  • I think the amount of candidates this time round really speaks volumes for the appetite for reform and improvement within the party. I’m in favour of OMOV for committee elections such as this and for voting at conference on motions.

    You can also find me at my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LouiseAnkersforFE

  • Rabi Martins 28th Oct '14 - 11:42am

    Good to see so much interest in the Federal Committee Elections
    I will be giving my high preferences to members who have put down their name for just ONE committee
    on the basis that it demonstrates their key area of interest rather than a desire to just get elected to a Federal Committee regardless of what it does
    Good luck to all though

  • Enlight_Bystand 28th Oct '14 - 3:52pm

    Any chance the above could be updated to include the number of positions on each comittee to be elected? I know IU could go digging in the constitutioon to find it, but it seems to make sense to combine it all into one post….

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 28th Oct '14 - 11:22pm

    Peter, that information is there, in the headline for each committee.

  • Jonathan Brown 28th Oct '14 - 11:44pm

    Well, I may as well get in on this too… I’m standing for election to just one committee; International Relations. It’s my first time standing for any of them. As well as being happy to answer questions via my facebook page, I’m publishing a series of short ‘essays’ (basically just expanding on my manifesto) on why I’m standing and what I hope to achieve:


  • Enlight_Bystand 29th Oct '14 - 8:50am

    @caron – so they are! Sorry…

  • SIMON BANKS 29th Oct '14 - 5:47pm

    It would save space to have a common announcement: the following all say they’re jolly good people and will be happy to answer questions…

    Then I could vote for the ones who said they were evil, twisted beings who would undermine the party and shoot questioners.

  • Jonathan Webber 29th Oct '14 - 9:31pm

    Good evening folk,

    I thought I’d just mention that I’m standing for none of those committees at all…

    I’m standing for the English Council Executive Committee. Until recently Chair in the West Midlands, my shtick is my ability to regenerate a region, get the necessary management & funding structures in place with two aims only in mind. First to compete in and to win elections at every level. Second, to serve the Local Parties, their activists, members and supporters who, in my long held view are the heroes of our party.

  • Rebecca Taylor 4th Nov '14 - 10:34pm

    As everyone else is putting their pitch in, I might as well too! I am only standing for Federal Policy Committee and I don’t hold any party office so FPC would be my priority (after campaigning to help LibDem MPs & councillors hold their seats next May of course). This is also the first time I have stood for election to any federal party committee.

    I would like to think I bring a fairly unique mix to FPC of:
    – high level policy making experience
    – specific expertise particularly in health & youth policy
    – an international outlook & understanding of how & where EU & national policies intersect
    – political/campaigning experience gained mostly in Yorkshire
    – experience (politically & professionally) of dealing with differences of opinion and building consensus

    Also. I’m still (kind of) young (under 40!), so I bring experience that older members may not have had such as graduating with student loans to pay back and being heavily mortgaged since my mid 20s often without the security of a permanent job. I have a non political day job in a cancer charity working on an NHS led programme on early diagnosis of cancer.


  • Robert Adamson 8th Nov '14 - 1:54pm

    I disagree with Rabi (which is unusual!) . I have TIME to serve on more than one of these committees as I’m not working or in an elected office. I am willing and able to give a lot of effort to try and help the party. This isn’t an ego trip or a way to entertain myself with a committee that happens to interest me. There are others who, like me, are candidates for more than one committee and I applaud their dedication to the party.

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