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Jo Hayes – why I am a candidate for Federal Party President

I was a founding member of the Liberal Democrats and have worked for it as a volunteer ever since. Over 30 years, I have done everything from deliver leaflets to chairing the Women Liberal Democrats and serving on the Federal Policy Committee, the Federal Executive, the International Relations Committee and the ALDE Council delegation. I’ve been a Borough Councillor and stood in General and European elections. I am currently Chair of the East of England Region. I think you could say I’m a Liberal Democrat to my bones.

I am also a barrister, practising from the same chambers I shared with the late Lord Willie Goodhart, one of the main draftsmen of our Party constitution. I have spent my career and Lib Dem life fighting for people’s constitutional rights. I am a fighter who uses the law and rules the way they are designed to work, for the people. I used equality laws to force Tony Blair’s Attorney-General to abandon the system of patronage used to appoint barristers for government work, and adopt a fairer, more transparent system.

Some of you may know me for my Remainer’s Diary blog. If so, you’ll know of my tenacity and dedication to the Remain cause. I want to see our party in government and then help Jo Swinson rebuild our nation, both democratically and socially. That is why I’m throwing my hat into the Presidential ring now.

A President’s role is not, primarily, a campaigning one, but a strong President provides the governance that makes our campaigning more effective, governance that guides and protects the party from top to bottom. It is our proud boast that the Liberal Democrats Party belongs to its members, all of them. As President, I will work to ensure everyone in party feels they have a stake in our movement, that they are heard and that their talents are embraced.

As President, I want to safeguard our values in practice, seeking to make our Party organisation a happier place. For example, I want to:

  • Devolve decision-making to as near the grassroots level as practicable.
  • Ensure transparency over appointments, complaints, outcomes and Appeals Panel rulings.
  • Ensure each component body in the party carries out its responsibilities without interference.
  • Bring in the advice and expertise when we need it, to avoid mistakes.
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  • User AvatarMary Reid 21st Feb - 8:35pm
    @Gary J - I only speak about London because that is where I live. I am sure there are plenty more vibrant, multi-ethnic communities around...
  • User AvatarMalc Poll 21st Feb - 8:35pm
    Depends on if he slammed the letter box and woke me up or not I suppose ! LoL Malc Poll
  • User AvatarGary J 21st Feb - 8:14pm
    Mary Reid It's perfectly possible to live in a vibrant mostly white community. Boasting about London exceptionalism is perhaps one of the reasons why Lib...
  • User AvatarGary J 21st Feb - 8:05pm
    It's been reported that a person acting suspiciously in the area at 6 am on election day turned out to be Tom delivering leaflets. Should...
  • User AvatarAnne-Marie Simpson 21st Feb - 7:54pm
    @Lorenzo Cherin, “ You cannot say right of return for all with a link to Palestinian terrain, to Israel, not a separate state, and not...
  • User AvatarJohnmc 21st Feb - 7:45pm
    Okay, I’ll play .... how is that an advance in brexitland? It just shows the anti Brexit-Crazy Tory vote fracturing more than ever!