LGBT+ Liberal Democrats elect new chair and executive
By Zoe O'Connell
Following an all-member ballot, the new executive committee of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats has been elected with Dave Page taking over the role of chair. The new committee, which takes effect from 1st January 2015 is:
Chair: Dave Page
Secretary: Zoe O'Connell
Treasurer: Paul Trollope
Executive: Rodney Berman, Sarah Brown, Lee Dargue, Euan Davidson, Stephen Glenn, Don Harrison, Sarah Noble, Jennie Rigg, Richard Macmillan
Speaking following the announcement of the result, Chair-Elect Dave Page said: "I'm honoured to have been elected to serve LGBT+ Lib Dems as Chair in 2015. I'd like to pay tribute to Ed Fordham and his excellent work over the last year, particularly close engagement with our Parliamentarians.
The Liberal Democrats go into next year's General Election having delivered same-sex marriage in Government in England and Wales, and supported it in Scotland. If you say 'I Do', it's because we did, for you.
We go in knowing there is more work to do, on gender-neutral passports and the Spousal Veto in particular, and in Northern Ireland. We go in with Nick Clegg and Norman Lamb's commitment to tackling mental health problems and eating disorders, which disproportionately affect LGBT+ people. We go in supporting income tax cuts for low earners, and improved educational opportunities for all.
I'm proud that the election had a high turnout among our membership, demonstrating our passion for the issues affecting LGBT+ people at home and worldwide. The Lib Dems have always been there for the LGBT+ communities, and we always will.
In the UK today, small-minded isolationist voices are heard loudly. Blame the poor, blame immigrants, blame foreigners, blame LGBT+ people - pick a minority, and pick on them. The Liberal Democrats must rise above this and speak to decent people who believe in giving people a fair chance no matter their background, sexuality, gender or expression. We will promote freedom from conformity, and deliver a stronger economy and a fairer, diverse society."
Outgoing chair Ed Fordham added "Congratulations to Dave who has given almost/over a decade of service - he now takes over the reins in the General Election year and it is going to be busy. I wish him well and every success. Plus is one of the most successful bodies for the Liberal Democrats and the future looks strong and I'm very optimistic. We have a great Exec team and there is a so much to do."
Our thanks go to all those who stood and especially to returning officer Richard Gasden for running the elections.