Federal Committee Election results 2012

Postal ballot paper being postedLiberal Democrat Federal Conference reps have voted for members of party committees for 2013-2014; the results are as follows:

Federal Executive committee
Places: 15
Candidates elected:

Qassim Afzal
Elaine Bagshaw
Daisy Cooper
Ramesh Dewan
Sue Doughty
Jock Gallagher
James Gurling
Keith House
Caron Lindsay
Gordon Lishman
David Rendel
Jo Shaw
Martin Tod
Gerald Vernon-Jackson
David Williams

Federal Policy Committee
Places: 15
Candidates elected:

Dinti Batstone
Kelly-Marie Blundell
Duncan Brack
Sal Brinton
Prateek Buch
Lucy Care
Julia Church (née Goldsworthy)
Gareth Epps
Tony Greaves
Evan Harris
Mark Pack
Chris Rennard
Julie Smith
Jim Wallace
Phil Willis

Federal Conference Committee
Places: 12
Candidates elected:

Kelly-Marie Blundell
Sal Brinton
Gareth Epps
Susan Gaszczak
Sandra Gidley
Evan Harris
Liz Lynne
Chris Maines
Justine McGuinness
David Rendel
Paul Tilsley
Andrew Wiseman

International Relations Committee
Places: 5
Candidates elected:

Ed Fordham
Jonathan Fryer
Keith House
Gordon Lishman
Rabi Martins

ELDR Delegation
Places: 8
Candidates elected:

Ruth Coleman-Taylor
Jonathan Fryer
Jo Hayes
Antony Hook
Gordon Lishman
Allis Moss
Iain Smith
Mark Valladares

Liberal Democrat Chief Executive (and Acting Returning Officer) Tim Gordon said in an email to party members this morning:

The Liberal Democrats are a democratic party to the core, and your voting representatives have returned a set of committees which will ensure that members’ voices are heard at all levels of the party.

I want to thank everyone who stood in these elections. Commiserations to those who weren’t successful, and to those who were elected: I look forward to working with you over the next two years, as we gear up for the General Election.

You can pore over the full details of all the stages at Colin Rosenstiel’s website:

Federal Executive
Federal Policy Committee
Federal Conference Committee
International Relations Committee
ELDR Council Delegation

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  • Congratulations to the LDV contributors who have been elected. Although, often in disagreement it is good to see that people at the decision-making end of the party engage in these, often robust, discussions

  • William Jones 10th Nov '12 - 10:43am

    A most pleasing set of election results.

  • What was turnout. Mark Pack is saying there was a big drop. 1200 votes cast for the FE compared to 1600 2 years ago (but I don’t know what the number of conference reps is and it isn’t a straightforward function of membership numbers)

  • Liberal Neil 10th Nov '12 - 11:26am

    Looks like there are going to be some interesting discussions coming up at Federal Policy Committee 😉

    Generally it’s a good mix of people elected to each of them.

    @Geoffrey – Would you expect to know all the people being elected to Federal Committees, we’re a big party!

  • Richard Shaw 10th Nov '12 - 2:11pm

    Congratulations to the winners. As a rep, I was looking forward to taking part in the voting, however I never received a ballot, electronic or otherwise, and the returning officer never got back to me when I asked why I had not received one – apart from emailing me to say that he would get back to me.

  • What Andy said.

    It was interesting that those who DID get voted back onto committees often had substantially reduced votes.

    Hywel: AFAIK there are more voting reps than before as a proportion of the party, but the party itself is smaller, therefore the electorate remained numerically similar. The person I heard that from could have been whistling Dixie though.

  • Richard: it took quite a lot of effort for me to get my ballot too, and ended up with a sitting member of FCC interceding on my behalf. I think there is a lot to be said about how the teething problems of electronic voting and various other things have affected the running of these elections, but possibly not in such a public place. This may mean I have to register for the blasted forums…

  • Ben Jephcott 10th Nov '12 - 7:38pm

    I suspect turnout is down because a lot of people were waiting for paper ballots, not realising they were provided on request only. Would be interested to see some stats.

  • Stephen Donnelly 11th Nov '12 - 1:19pm

    I have a letter from Tim Gordon saying ‘The Liberal Democrats are a democratic party to the core, and your voting representatives have returned a set of committees which will ensure that members’ voices are heard at all levels of the party’.

    I guess that about 3% of party members have a vote, and I am using formal membership as the comparison point, not supporters, or voters. I can’t help noticing the similarity with the Chinese Communist Party and their recent election. I suppose that the generation of Young Liberals, now well represented at the top of the party, did like to be called ‘the red guard’.

  • Daisy Cooper 11th Nov '12 - 3:56pm

    Andy and others – I completely agree re having a dedicated website for internal committees / hustings etc. As a newbie to FE, I’ll suggest it at our first meeting (28 Jan). Daisy

  • Just wondering about the potential overstretch for those elected to more than one committee… obviously there is serious commitment for all individuals involved, while many also campaign for wider engagement and the need for fresh ideas and new blood at the heart of the party.

  • Jon, there was a significant change on FPC – only 8 of the 15 served on the ctte from 2010-12!

    Best wishes,


  • Orangepan – that was one of the things I asked about in my Q&A. Many of those who were only standing for one committee gace that as a reason. Many of those who were standing for more than one dismissed it as a concern.

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