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Federal Elections - Candidates' Statements

November 21, 2016 8:00 AM

This year sees the first year of "one member, one vote" for the party's internal Federal Elections and, as we have done in previous elections, we have given candidates who are members of LGBT+ the opportunity to make a short statement. Two statements were received by the deadline.

Caron Lindsay, Federal Board

I am standing for Federal Board because I want to continue standing up for the rights of members. Over the past 4 years, I've worked to ensure members had maximum choice and say in the Governance Review and input into the General Election Review. I' was part of the group who found a way to save the Membership Incentive Scheme and supported SAOs being able to recruit members directly.

Over the next three years the party needs to stick to its position on Brexit, rebuild its local government base and ensure membership recruitment is embedded in all our activity.

I proposed the electing diverse MPs motion at York and helped develop the BAME, gender and LGBT quotas for federal committees.

I've been a member of LGBT+ Lib Dems and DELGA for many years. Here and internationally, progress is threatened as politics lurches to the intolerant homo, bi and transphobic right. This party must have a clear plan to stand up to any roll-back of equality legislation here and work with international organisations to further LGBT+ rights across the world. The Scottish Government will consult soon on legislation affecting transgender people. LGBT+ Lib Dems helped make the Scottish equal marriage legislation so much better and the party should seek out our expertise again.

Any questions? Contact me on caronmlindsay@gmail.com or 07946 169798.

Zoe O'Connell, Federal Conference Committee

I am re-standing for election to Federal Conference Committee, on which I am currently Vice-Chair, having spent the last two years working on transparency and equality issues. I have increased transparency by being the first to report on every motion and amendment selected or rejected during my term, which you can find at http://www.complicity.co.uk/blog/federal-conference-committee/.

My efforts on equality have included a redesign of the Speaker's Card, which is now laid out to enable people to more easily indicate their diversity and make it easier for debate chairs to ensure we strike an appropriate balance when it comes to allowing those from diverse background the chance to speak in debates. The anti-harassment email to all members prior to Autumn conference, of which I was the author, was also well received across the party.

I hope that you will be able to lend me your vote again this year, so that I can continue this work.