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Andrew Wiseman writes…Introducing the Policy Pitch

September 4, 2015 12:20 PM
By Andrew Wiseman in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

We are trying a new session at this year's conference. The idea behind the session is to encourage policy discussion in a different way to a formal motion or FPC policy paper.

Members will put forward ideas in the form of a 'policy pitch'. These ideas should not be current party policy, they should be new ideas or ideas that develop existing party policy in an innovative way. Rather than having to set out a more formal motion where there is a debate and a yes/no vote the member will submit their idea in a less formal pitch of up to 400 words. Those chosen by FCC will be given a two minute 'pitch' to conference where they will get the chance to present their idea to a panel. The panel will discuss the idea with the proposer before giving their views.

The proposer of those ideas that are successful in their pitch will be given support to bring the idea back to a future conference as a motion with a view to becoming formal party policy.

If you are interested in submitting a pity your 400 words have to be in by 13.00 on Monday 7th September. A submission form can be found here. Details can also be found on page 17 of the conference agenda.

* Andrew Wiseman is Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee.

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