The party’s policy process needs you!

The following advert has winged its way to LDV Towers:

The Federal Policy Committee would like to invite Party members to put their name forward to serve on Policy Working Groups. As part of our annual exercise to recruit new members into the working groups, we will put together a panel of potential working group members from which we will draw when setting up individual groups.

As a member of the Policy Panel, you will receive the policy newsletter 6 times a year, highlighting new developments in policy, announcing new spokesperson’s papers and keeping you up to date with the latest news on conferences and events.

Party members wishing to be included on the panel for 2009 should fill in and return an application by Monday 19 January 2009. An application form can be completed online at, alternatively paper copies can be obtained by emailing [email protected] and should be returned to the Policy Unit, Liberal Democrats, 4 Cowley Street, London SW1P 3NB or by email.

We would also ask you to complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form. If you do not wish to complete this form, please just complete and return your application.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups including women and ethnic minorities.

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  • Having read this and clicked around a bit on the site linked to, I’m still none the wiser about what, in practical terms, being part of a policy working group would actually entail in terms of commitments. Are there meetings to go to? E-mail lists? How many hours per week are typically required to make a worthwhile contribution and what level of knowledge or expertise is required? I assume that there’s more to it than just receiving the newsletter six times per year! 🙂

    I only point this out because I might actually consider putting myself forward, but only if I know what I’m putting myself forward for!

  • Greg Simpson 28th Nov '08 - 7:40pm

    Good point Rob,

    I will ensure a post soon setting out what being on a working group is like.


  • So what’s the process to follow if there are no policy working groups for the areas of policy you’re interested in? Just registering your interest in those areas doesn’t seem to do anything.

  • Andrew Turvey 30th Nov '08 - 9:24pm

    I served on one of these policy working groups – the International Law one – and was very disappointed by the process and outcome.

    I was hoping it would be an opportunity to have some real discussions with others on the group and come up with some good ideas to take to Conference. In the end the meetings discussed little of substance and most of the paper was written by party suits brought in at the end. Most of my ideas were not even acknowledged, let alone debated.

    Not an experience I’m inclined to repeat.

    I wonder if others have had a similar experience?

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