How you could help improve party diversity and member engagement or represent the LIb Dems internationally?

There are a few opportunities to get involved in the running of the party at a national level. Nominations close this Friday at noon, so act quickly. All of these roles require nomination by two members of the Federal Board and you can find them here. 

Federal People Development Committee

The first is for a member of the Federal People Development Committee. From the ad on the Party website (which also tells you how to apply):

The Federal People Development Committee brings together three key functions of the party: training, diversity engagement, and membership recruitment, retention and activation. Since the completion of the 2019 General Election Review, it also has an important role to play in delivering the reforms it has called for.

The FPDC meets regularly (at least once a quarter) throughout the year during the evenings (typically 18:00-20:00) for about two hours. Since the start of Covid-19, all meetings have been by video call and continued remote participation will be possible even once all Covid-19 related restrictions are removed. Reasonable expenses incurred will be repaid in line with the Party’s expenses policy.

Applicants will be expected to be able to demonstrate experience working in diversity, training or membership development, and a commitment to the Party’s values in these areas. A proven record of communicating with members, particularly through social media would be highly advantageous. It is desirable that applicants have a proven track-record of delivering successful programmes in any of the three areas listed above and that they understand the oversight and scrutiny elements of a non-executive role.

The election is caused by the resignation of the previous chair and all elected members of FPDC are entitled to stand for Chair.

Vice Chair of the Racial Diversity Campaign

The second is for a Vice Chair of the Racial Diversity Campaign whose aim is to “support outstanding Lib Dem BAME members to seek and win public office.”

Here’s the ad in full:

The Racial Diversity Campaign (RDC) is the vehicle within the party which finds, trains and supports BaME candidates through to their selection and beyond to successful election.

Its principal aims are to increase the number of ethnic minority MPs, MSPs, MEPs, Assembly Members, elected Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners and. It would also work alongside ALDC to increase the number of ethnic minority Councillors and Council Leaders.

The Vice-Chairs of the RDC will be experienced in training and mentoring and have a deep knowledge of the party’s processes for candidates, from assessment through to fighting a campaign. The RDC is currently seeking to appoint a Vice-Chair to fill a casual vacancy.

More information about the RDC is available on its website.

The successful candidate will be elected to serve until 31 December 2022. The Liberal Democrats are committed to diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from candidates from all walks of life.

Applicants for the roles of Chair or Vice Chair must be nominated by two members of the Federal Board, membership of which can be found here:

www.libdems.org.uk/federal_board.
For questions and further details, and to submit an application, please contact: [email protected]
Please apply by email attaching:

● Copies of emails (or equivalent) proving your nomination by two current members of the Federal Board.
● A manifesto of up to 200 words (additional words will be removed by the Returning Officer)

The Party will conduct due diligence on applicants and we encourage you to provide any materials you feel may be relevant. Optionally, you may also also attach a copy of your most recent CV.

Applicants are encouraged to inform us if any reasonable adjustments are needed to be made during any part of the recruitment process.

This advert will close at noon on Friday 9th October. All applicants will be presented to Federal Board and an election will be held, in line with standard internal procedures, in early October.

Two members of the Liberal International Executive

The final vacancies are for two members of the Liberal International Executive.

The ad, and details of how to apply are here.

Candidates for the positions should have a strong interest in key areas of Liberal International’s work (which includes Human Rights, Climate Justice, International Trade and Fighting Disinformation) as well as a solid understanding of Liberal Democrat policy priorities. Candidate applications will be assessed by the members of the Federal Board.

Typically there are two (daytime) meetings of the Executive each year as well as a session at the Liberal International Congress, which occurs approximately every 18 months. In normal times, these take place in different cities around the world (in 2019 they happened in Athens and Fes), only occasionally in London. Because of the current COVID-19 situation the next meeting will be a brief online administrative session of the Congress on the afternoon of 20 October. The next physical congress is likely to take place in Sofia next year.

Executive reps are currently responsible for the cost of their own travel, accommodation and registration fee, though that situation may change. Any member of the Party may apply. The successful candidates will serve a term that ends 31st December 2022.

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5 Comments

  • richard underhill 5th Oct '20 - 10:04am

    5th Oct ’20 – 9:41am
    It seems to me that Labour does not really want to take over the problems with which Boris & Co are grappling.
    Perhaps they think that the Tories should stew in their own juice over the winter.
    The good news can come when a vaccine is available??
    Or are we waiting for events in the USA??
    What about the demography?
    Are the people in care homes going to vote the way they did previously?
    When is the right time to have a manifesto (or two?) for electoral reform?
    Should there be a motion of NO CONFIDENCE in the Commons? If so WHEN?
    Would the SNP support the Tories? (bearing in mind the next election for the Edinburgh Parliament)

  • richard underhill 5th Oct '20 - 10:06am

    5th Oct ’20 – 9:41am
    It seems to me that Labour does not really want to take over the problems with which Boris & Co are grappling.
    Perhaps they think that the Tories should stew in their own juice over the winter.
    The good news can come when a vaccine is available??
    Or are we waiting for events in the USA??
    What about the demography?
    Are the people in care homes going to vote the way they did previously?
    When is the right time to have a manifesto (or two?) for electoral reform?
    Should there be a motion of NO CONFIDENCE in the Commons? If so WHEN?

  • richard underhill 5th Oct '20 - 10:15am

    Would the SNP support the Tories? or do a deal with them?
    (bearing in mind the timing of the next election for the Edinburgh Parliament)

  • Paul Barker 5th Oct '20 - 5:27pm

    None of the comments above seem to have anything to do with this piece, is this a technical glitch ?

  • Moderator’s note: I don’t think it is a technical glitch. Someone decided to make a comment completely unrelated to the post and then others joined in. Normally we would delete comments which are “off topic”. However, in this case they have been up for a while anyway and, perhaps, provide an interesting example of how an errant commenter can take a comments thread off on an alarming tangent.

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