The first results in the party internal elections are in

As we have publicised a couple of times, a new round of party elections is taking place. The electorate is the Federal Board.

The following people have been elected unopposed:

Registered Treasurer & Chair of Federal Finance and Resources Committee:     Peter Dunphy

Party Treasurer:                                               Lord Mike German

Chair of Federal Campaigns and Elections Committee:                               James Gurling

Chair of Campaign for Gender Balance:                                             Candy Piercy

Vice Chair of Federal Board:                                               Neil Fawcett

Federal Board Rep on Federal International Relations Committee:                   Joyce Onstad

Liberal International Exec:                            Jonathan Fryer, Phil Bennion

The Federal Board has a new responsibility for preparing a document outlining the party’s strategy. Its first step towards doing that was to set up a group whose first task will be to draw up an initial document for consultation.

The members of that group are:

Sal Brinton (Chair)

Neil Fawcett

Gordon Lishman

Mark Pack

Caron Lindsay (Scottish Rep)

Jane Dodds (Welsh Rep)

Jeremy Hargreaves (FPC Rep)

Chris Maines (FCC Rep)

Federal Board members have until 23:59 on Monday night to cast their votes for members of the Associated Organisations Review Group, Federal Campaigns and Elections Committee, Federal People Development Committee and Federal Finance and Resources Committee.

We will let you know the results of these elections next week .



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  • Ruth Bright 2nd Feb '17 - 10:30am

    Could all the acronyms be explained for new members (and forgetful older ones!)?

  • There’s Federal Board and Campaign for Gender Balance in there. I’m not sure about FIRC but it sounds rude.

  • Sorry, Ruth. I had started to do that and must have had a senior moment and thought I’d finished it before publishing. All sorted now.

    Trust you, Jennie!

  • Gordon Lishman 3rd Feb '17 - 12:54pm

    Those with a taste for acronyms will be pleased to know that, when we drafted the Constitution bits on new Committees, we decided in favour of Federal Communications & Elections Committee rather than Federal Elections & Campaigns Committee!
    FIRC is the Federal International Relations Committee, which is now a fully-fledged Party body rather than just a sub-committee of the FE. It gets less interest than it should, although its links with sister parties in the EU and the round the world are useful and important and our work with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has made a substantial contribution to liberal parties in new democracies. I’m particularly proud of the Africa Liberal Network which is now a substantial, continent-wide groups. It recently made support for gay rights part of its core criteria for membership.

  • Gordon: of course, you having published that means it will forever be referred to as FECC anyway 😉

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