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  • 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).

  • Policy
    Article: Sep 15, 2017
    By Geoff Payne in Liberal Democrat Voice

    This report relates to the meeting of the Federal Policy Committee which took place on 13th September 2017. The committee had not met for a few months. Its last meeting, which was scheduled for 12th July 2017, had been cancelled. There was therefore quite a lot to catch up on.

    Vince Cable Update on Priorities

  • Joe Otten
    Article: Aug 16, 2017
    By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Hardly a day goes by on my social media feeds without some form of the following conversation:

    Commentator/political has been: What we really need is a new moderate centre party in the UK, standing up for all the internationalist, tolerant liberal values that Corbyn and May have abandoned.

    Liberal Democrats: Helloooooo!!!!!

  • Policy
    Article: Feb 20, 2017
    By Alisdair Calder McGregor in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Federal Policy Committee met on Wednesday 15th February. The meeting was slightly in advance of our normal cycle (it having been obviously felt that having a long FPC meeting on the evening before the Stoke-On-Trent and Copeland by-elections was a bad idea).

    Sadly the combined effect of a Parliamentary recess and half term in some areas of the country led to a lower turnout than at the previous meeting with neither Tim Farron MP nor the regular compiler of these reports Geoff Payne being able to attend. In Tim's absence the meeting was chaired by the committee vice-chair Duncan Brack.

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

    Happy new Year! The most recent meeting of the Federal Policy Committee took place on 18th January 2016 in Portcullis House, Westminster. This was a very well attended meeting indeed, it being the first of a new cycle of Federal Policy Committee meetings. This committee has a three-year term.

    We welcomed a large number of new members the committee. There had been a substantial change in committee membership following the elections. They included Elizabeth Jewkes, Alisdair McGregor, Chris White, Paul Tilsley, Qurban Hussain, Christine Chueng, Jim Williams, Sally Burnell, Catherine Royce, David Weston, Susan Juned, Jonny Oates, Tony Greaves, Kamran Hussain and Heather Kidd. Andrew Wiseman attended to represent the Federal Conference Committee and Richard Cole represent the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2016
    By Mark Pack

    No surprise that my main motivation for running for the Federal Board is my interest in getting the party's strategy right: a core votes approach, delivered through Targeting Plus.