Firstly, a warm welcome to Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform to all those who have joined in the past month. Featured in this newsletter are a report on Autumn Conference and details of how LDER will be endorsing candidates for this year’s elections to federal committees.
Autumn Conference Report
At Brighton, our PR amendment was successfully included in the Europe motion. See the revised Clause 7 in the motion as passed.
Less positively, our attempt to get a motion prioritising PR onto the Conference agenda – following the initiative of the late David Rendel – was rebuffed by Federal Conference Committee.
But at a time when electoral reform is increasingly being highlighted by other parties, it is strange that the Liberal Democrats are quiet on the issue. It seems the upper echelons of the party still don’t get why we need to be prioritising this issue now. LDER will continue working to convince them.
We also signed up over 150 members and supporters at our stall, and supported a well-attended Electoral Reform Society reception with guest speaker Dorothy Thornhill.
Federal Committee Elections
This year sees a number of significant changes to the election of federal committees, including all-member voting, a move to 3-year terms, quotas for under-represented groups and a new Federal Board. For LDER, the key committees to influence are:
Federal Board: Prioritising PR in the party’s campaign strategy and its discussions with other parties, whether before or after the next General Election.
Federal Policy Committee: Ensuring our policy of STV for the House of Commons and Local Government features prominently in the Manifesto.
Federal Conference Committee: Getting our motions/amendments onto the conference agenda so members can show their support.
And for the first time, LDER will be endorsing candidates for federal committees, using our mailing list (over 800 active party members), Facebook page (over 4,000 members) and website. We will endorse candidates who:
1. Are members of LDER (if you’re not yet a member you can join here).
2. Make a commitment to our strategic goals of prioritising PR/STV in the party’s campaign strategy, its manifesto and its discussions with other parties, whether before or after the next General Election.
So if you’re planning to stand for one or more of the above committees and are willing to meet the criteria above, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please note that nominations for all committees close on 2 November.