Liberal Democrat May 2011 election review document

The Saturday morning of Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham sees a consultative session on the May 2011 elections and the AV (alternative vote) referendum. In short, what went wrong?

Ahead of that, a brief outline report has been published by the party which is embedded below. It is from James Gurling, chair of the party’s Campaigns and Communications Committee (CCC).

The party’s post-2010 general election review has attracted criticism for being kept fairly low profile, both in terms of who was asked to contribute and the subsequent circulation of the lessons. Its final report has not been made public by the party or circulated very far internally. Hence it’s good to see that one year on the review this time is being done in a more inclusive way. But that only means much if people take the opportunities to take part in the review consultation, either at conference or by submitting views via email as requested in the report below.

The experience of the general election report suggests taking part will be well worthwhile, as several key decisions the party has taken since (e.g. over introducing Liberal Democrat Connect) clearly followed on from the election review’s recommendations.

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