Liberal Youth Elections 2013… Non Portfolio Officer: Daniel Lewis

I am running for NPO because I believe I have the skills to help the rest of the exec out in a wide range of areas. My pitch runs on three themes: commitment, experience and ideas. For full details visit my website.


Throughout my time in the party I have shown myself willing to help out at short notice on all manner of tasks. From getting up at 5am one Sunday a month to make sure an entire ward was delivered in a day to upping sticks to Eastleigh for 2 weeks this February I have a record of action.


I have worked in the party both as a volunteer, as a member of staff in a constituency office and in Westminster. I also have “real world” experience working in a call centre for Santander for 3 years. The latter in particular has given me good experience in speaking to the public and resolving difficult issues.


I have numerous ideas about improving our use of databases. I’m pretty applaud that the party has given Liberal Youth access to a Connect account which shows the absolute minimum level of trust in us possible. I accept some features of Connect are not necessary for a youth wing but the ability to create a list of Lib Dems under 26 would be really useful for membership development.

I also have ideas based on fund-raising focusing on big donors and also looking for donations of non-monetary goods and services. For example in Eastleigh I called a member who owned a B&B such members may be able to donate rooms to Liberal youth for conferences and such.

Finally I have some ideas about making Liberal Youth more easy to become involved with including getting rid of the requirement to have two nominations but that is of course is a decisions for conference and not me.

However in the spirit of liberalism I accept I don’t have all the good ideas so please fill in my quick survey on Liberal Youth priorities here 

Don’t just take my word for it.

“Daniel Lewis is genuinely one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure in meeting, and I have every confidence that he’ll fulfil the role of NPO marvellously.” – Ab Brightman

“I’m 100% positive that you’re exactly what we need in a Liberal Youth Non-portfolio Officer! You’ve got great experience and a whole host of brilliant ideas, ones that will take Liberal Youth’s portfolios further but also ones much needed that don’t fit under any particular portfolio!” – Conor McKenzie

“Daniel is an incredibly nice person and has really made me feel welcome in LY. Not only is Daniel a brilliant person he is also dedicated , hard-working and experienced. He has good people skills and is a sensible person ( which is pretty handy ). For these reasons and more he is an excellent choice for NPO for the Liberal Youth executive!” – Abi Easton

Voting in the Liberal Youth elections opens on Friday 3 May and continues until 12 noon on Wednesday 29th May. All candidates for the contested officer positions have been offered a 500 word piece on Liberal Democrat Voice to be published by the opening of voting. You can find out more about the elections and read all the candidates’ manifestos on the Libertine and if you are a member of  Liberal Youth you can ask them questions on their National Liberal Youth Chatbox on Facebook. Discussion also takes place on the #lyelects tag on Twitter. 

* Daniel Lewis is standing for Non Portfolio Officer in the Liberal Youth elections

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