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  • Suffolk Coastal Lib Dems - Pub & Policy events
    Article: Jun 21, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Federal Policy Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on two working groups which will bring forward new policy on crime and policing and on sharing the benefits of economic growth:

    The FPC is looking to appoint members of these groups to develop policy in each of these areas.

    Both working groups will take evidence in the second half of 2018, run consultation sessions at Spring Conference 2019 and prepare their final drafts over March-June 2019. These will be presented to FPC for amendments and approval. Subject to this approval, the final papers will be published in July 2019, and debated at the Autumn 2019 conference.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018
    By Adam Pritchard in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Regular readers of this site will probably be aware that the Party has been consulting members about the development of new policy on immigration, refugees and identity.

    As the chair of the working group, I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to the consultation: we received around 100,000 words in written submissions and over 900 members responded to our online survey. The working group has been working through your responses and last Wednesday we met to discuss what you have told us and how it will inform the development of our policy paper on immigration.

  • Isabelle Pararsam
    Article: Apr 24, 2018
    By Isabelle Parasram in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Mar 27, 2018
    By Duncan Brack in Liberal Democrat Voice

    FPC met for three hours on the evening of 21 March. The first item on the agenda was a discussion with the Leader; Vince is chair of the FPC, but inevitably his parliamentary and party duties mean he can't attend every meeting, so we were pleased to have this opportunity. He updated us on three separate pieces of work under way on aspects of tax policy: on business tax, on the prospects for land value tax, and on options for a wealth tax. He hopes to be able to publish short 'spokesperson's papers' on all of these and submit motions on them to the Brighton conference, though that depends on sufficient progress being made before the motions deadline in late June. We discussed how the proposal for a wealth tax could form part of a wider set of proposals on issues of income and wealth inequality, and/or whether its revenue should be hypothecated to funding something like education and training.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Feb 24, 2018
    By Geoff Payne in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Federal Policy Committee met again on 21st February 2018. There was a fairly hefty agenda and the meeting ran for a little over three hours.

    Update on Immigration and Identity Policy Working Group

    Adam Pritchard, the chair of this group, attended to provide a summary of its work. A copy of the consultation paper which is up for discussion at Spring Conference was circulated. The group is on schedule to complete its task on time and report to Autumn Conference.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Jan 12, 2018
    By Jeremy Hargreaves in Liiberal Democrat Voice

    The Federal Policy Committee met on Wednesday night, with an agenda mostly of finalising items for debate at spring conference.

    First up was reviewing the policy paper produced by the working group on education, and finalising it for proposal to spring conference. This is an impressive paper covering a wide range of aspects of education, especially funding, supporting and promoting teachers and good teaching, and inspection and improvement arrangements. It also covers the curriculum, schools structures, Further Education, Early Years, SEND and health (including mental health) in education. FPC has discussed this twice through the autumn and last night had a further good discussion on it, especially around arrangements for inspection, testing and league tables. The motion and paper will of course be published and launched publicly once the agenda for spring conference is decided and published.

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Dec 29, 2017
    By Merlene Emerson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Queen has in her Christmas speech welcomed new members into the royal family in 2018.

    Prince Harry will soon have a mother-in-law who is African American and the young couple's future children will be of mixed race heritage. The society pages lap up the fairy-tale love story and we all cheer ourselves on how liberal we have become as a nation.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Dec 3, 2017
    By Geoff Payne in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Federal Policy Committee met again on 29th November 2017. The agenda comprised draft proposals from two of the main working groups in train at present and two further items on strategy.

    Update on Education Working Group

    Lucy Nethsingha attended the meeting to talk through the preliminary proposals of the Education Working Group. There was an accompanying paper. This group was originally to report to Autumn Conference of this year but was delayed because of the snap General Election. It will now report to Spring Conference 2018.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Nov 3, 2017
    By Duncan Brack in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Readers of Geoff Payne's report on the last FPC meeting, on 18 October, may remember that we took the decision to establish a new policy working group on Race Equality.

    The first stage in the process is for the FPC to appoint a chair of the working group, and we're advertising for applicants now.

    The chair will lead a group of around 15-20 members to produce policy proposals setting out the party's plans for improving race equality and helping us reach out to BAME communities, while exemplifying the party's values.

  • Policy
    Article: Oct 20, 2017
    By Geoff Payne in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Federal Policy Committee met again on 18th October 2017. This was a fairly heavy agenda this time and decisions were taken that will reach some distance into the future.

    Association of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

    Peter Price presented a report on the work of ALDE. The organisation has a total of 59 member parties throughout the EU and members of the Liberal Democrats have traditionally played a significant role within it. It is governed by a Bureau, a Council and a Congress, the latter meeting annually. Motions and papers can be submitted and there are usually quite a lot of them, often on what are regarded as difficult subjects. Brexit has featured in the past. We have previously submitted motions on the treatment of LGBT+ people in Azerbaijan and on the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (along the lines of our own motion at conference in Bournemouth).