Wendy Chamberlain MP becomes LDER President.


Wendy Chamberlain MP becomes LDER President

We are excited to announce that Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform has a new President – Wendy Chamberlain, our MP for North East Fife.

Since entering Parliament in 2019, Wendy has made her mark as an articulate, vivid advocate of electoral reform. Through most of 2020, as our Political and Constitutional Reform front bench spokesperson, she led the campaign both inside and outside Parliament. Last June, she initiated an adjournment debate on the need for reform; and in August she urged party members to join a Make Votes Matter (MVM) nationwide ‘virtual’ Action Day, which saw hundreds of Liberal Democrats get involved.

A strong believer in linking reform to improving peoples’ everyday lives, also last June, Wendy spoke alongside Klina Jordan of  MVM at a Green Liberal Democrats’ conference session on Electoral Reform and the Environment. In September, she led our virtual fringe meeting, along with the Electoral Reform SocietyMake Votes Matter and Unite to Reform.

Now our Parliamentary Chief Whip and Work and Pensions spokesperson, Wendy has maintained her commitment to our cause. In February, she became a Vice Chair of the newly-formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Reform. (Alistair Carmichael, Wera Hobhouse and Lord Paul Tyler are also APPG members). Wendy is also a member of the APPG on Deliberative Democracy.

Wendy said: ‘In an era of increasing identity politics, place has increasing importance to many. With Covid-19, however, the straining of centralised decision making at Westminster, and better recognition of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, could mean electoral reform’s time has come. It’s increasingly clear that the fundamental change required to ensure the future of the UK and a representative democracy starts with electoral reform.’

Wendy has already agreed to host a virtual meeting on Zoom for all LDER members and supporters, setting our the goals as she sees them and of course taking questions and comments. We’ll be in touch again shortly with details.
Don’t forget:

Make Votes Matter ‘Lobby Your MP’  Action Day – March 12; makevotesmatter.org.uk/lobby
You can also attend a pre-lobby briefing session with Wendy Chamberlain on March 11: click here for more.

LDER Fringe – March 21; 13.00- 14.15 with Alistair Carmichaellibdems.org.uk/conference
LDER Executive
Website:   https://lder.org/
Twitter:     @LibDem4ER
Email:       info@lder.org

Do you have views on the Electoral Commission?

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry into the work of the Electoral Commission. Anyone can submit evidence to the Committee with a deadline of 4th December 2020. 

The Committee seeks evidence on the the following, in particular:

    • The effectiveness of the Electoral Commission in discharging its statutory obligations
    • The governance of the Electoral Committee
    • The effect of COVID-19 on UK elections.

You can find more information on the inquiry and submit evidence directly, here.

AGM reminder and update

This is a reminder of our forthcoming Annual General Meeting, which will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

Our guest speaker will be Lord Paul Tyler, House of Lords spokesperson on Political and Constitutional Reform.

He’ll speak and take questions from 7-7.40 pm (approximate timings).

The meeting will take place on Zoom, and you can register for free now at Eventbrite here.

All are welcome at the meeting, but only paid-up members of LDER will be eligible to vote. You can join or rejoin here.

The relevant papers are all available on our website and/or via the links below:

We look forward to seeing you.

Our 2020 AGM

This year’s AGM will take place virtually via Zoom. It will be held in late October – final date and time to be confirmed shortly.

In accordance with our constitution all executive positions are up for re-election. Details of how to put your name forward will be in our formal AGM mailing (early October), but there are two key vacancies this year:


The Secretary’s main responsibility is to take the minutes of exec meetings and update the action list, pass both to the chair for checking after the meeting and then circulate them to the exec committee mailing list

Online Content Manager

This involves producing and posting content for our Facebook page and managing our website, though we also want to expand our online presence to include a Twitter feed. The ideal post holder would additionally be able to manage our account with the website hosting service (currently IONOS).

If you have questions about either role, please get in touch.