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A changing of the guard at Federal Conference Committee

Geoff Payne has been elected as the new Chair of Federal Conference Committee (FCC). Geoff served as Vice-Chair of the committee for eight years and was responsible for chairs’ training, access arrangements and the initial selection of venues and setting of registration rates. He was also a long-standing member of the Federal Policy Committee.

The election for chair followed the decision of long-serving former chair, Andrew Wiseman, to step down. Andrew was a highly popular chair of FCC and steered party conference through a period of great change including the coalition years. Everyone on FCC has paid tribute to …

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MPs under attack again – for claiming mileage for doing their jobs

Having Nigel Farage on Question Time again was more than enough to make my blood boil last night. Sadly, even my Facebook timeline had little to soothe. I saw an 18 month old story being recycled again to give MPs another kicking.

In May last year the Telegraph had a go at some MPs who claimed mileage to attend Remembrance Day services, including a couple of Liberal Democrats. Why on earth should that particular engagement be any different than any other that they attend in the course of their official duties? How many people would meet work expenses out of …

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  • User AvatarCllr Mark Wright 16th Jul - 5:16pm
    Interesting initiative Lorenzo. Good luck!
  • User AvatarTorrin Wilkins 16th Jul - 5:11pm
    Hi David. We haven't opened donations so no one is the answer aside from some money I have put in for running the website. In...
  • User AvatarAndrew T 16th Jul - 4:53pm
    It just doesn't sound very Liberal. Many of our own voters don't believe it's the government's responsibility to provide education, healthcare, jobs and homes. There's...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 16th Jul - 4:47pm
    Thanks so much Catherine, appreciate your response. We need to understand the connection between the arts and humanity, the potential for the one, involved with...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 16th Jul - 4:36pm
    Sue, t is the way we look at the other evils of society that makes us distinctive, I suppose, with a right to claim distinctiveness....
  • User AvatarCatherine Jane Crosland 16th Jul - 4:33pm
    Thank you for this article, Lorenzo, and good luck with this project. Humanity needs the arts more than ever, right now.