Political

Federal Executive cancels Interim Peers Panel elections

As Michael Crick and Jonathan Calder have picked up on, the elections due this autumn for the Liberal Democrat Interim Peers Panel have been dropped.

The decision was made by the Federal Executive (FE) at its last meeting on the basis that it would be rather strange to hold elections for a group of people who might then get appointed to the Lords at the very time the party is in the middle of battling to get through legislation to introduce elections for the Lords.

I can see plenty of merit in that (and not just because I was elected to the Panel last time round!), but the way in which the news has seeped out rather reinforces my view that party committees could and should be better at communicating their decisions

A simple, short factual announcement would have answered the second and third of Jonathan’s questions before they were even asked, for example.

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