Federal Policy Committee

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for the party's policy-making process and for commissioning research and development that lead to policy papers for debate at Conference.

The FPC is Chaired by Duncan Hames MP, and has representatives of the members (15 members elected by Conference), the state parties, MPs, Peers, MEPs, and councillors.

The next elections are due to take place in Autumn 2014. The current membership is as follows. 


Duncan Hames MP (Chair)

Duncan serves the Chippenham constituency - Wiltshire’s first Liberal MP in more than 80 years. In 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg.

Duncan takes an active interest in renewable energy, previously working as an aide to Energy Secretaries Chris Huhne and Ed Davey.

Nick_Clegg.jpgNick Clegg MP (Party Leader)

Nick Clegg was elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2007. Following the formation of the Coalition Government in May 2010, he became Deputy Prime Minister. 


Tim_Farron.jpgTim Farron MP (Party President)

Tim is Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and Party President of the Liberal Democrats. 



Julian_Huppert.jpgJulian Huppert MP (English MP rep)

Julian is the MP for Cambridge and a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Julian is involved in a range of issues, from Home Affairs to Transport. As Vice-Chair of the Federal Policy Committee, he is on the party’s Manifesto working Group.


Danny_Alexander.jpgDanny Alexander MP (Scottish MP rep)

Danny is MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey. As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny is a member of ‘the Quad’ - responsible for putting the UK’s finances back in good shape, and is at the heart of decision making for the coalition and the Liberal Democrats.



Jenny Willott MP (Welsh MP rep)

Jenny is MP for Cardiff Central. Jenny has worked for a number of charities. She is currently Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs and Equalities Minister whilst Jo Swinson is on maternity leave.


Jonathan_Marks.jpgLord Jonathan Marks (Peer rep)

Jonathan Marks joined the SDP in 1981. He was appointed to the House of Lords in late 2010, taking his seat in January 2011. Since joining the Lords, Jonathan has spoken regularly in debates, concentrating on constitutional reform and justice issues.



Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP (MEP rep)

Sarah Ludford has been a MP for London since 1999. She is also spokeswoman on justice & human rights and leading member of the European Parliament's civil liberties, justice & home affairs committee.

She is vice-chair of the European Parliament delegation to the USA and vice-president of the Lib Dem Friends of Israel. 


Geoff Payne (English rep)

Geoff Payne represents the English Party on the FPC and FCC, and is a former Chair of what is now Liberal Youth. Geoff is a barrister specialising in cases involving allegations of serious fraud and/or white collar crime. 


Jeremy-Purvis.jpgJeremy Purvis (Scottish rep)

Jeremy is a Lib Dem working peer and is one of the youngest ever Life Peers. He was elected to the Scottish Parliament as the youngest constituency MSP, aged 29. 



Peter Price (Welsh rep)

Peter is a Wales’s elected member, representing FPC on the International Affairs Parliamentary Committee, Party International Relations Committee, ALDE Council and European Manifesto drafting group.



Louise Bloom (Councillor rep)

Louise is a Principal Councillor Rep on FPC and has been Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability at Eastleigh Borough Council since 2002. Her main interests are green issues, Disability Rights and Civil Liberties.


Stan Collins (Councillor rep)


Helen Flynn (Councillor rep)

Helen is PPC for Harrogate & Knaresborough and Harrogate Borough Councillor. She is also Vice Chair of the Lib Dem Education Association and an elected member of the Social Liberal Forum.  



Dinti Batstone (Councillor rep)

Dinti has been active in the Lib Dems for over a decade, serving as a Councillor and twice standing for the European Parliament. An elected member of the FPC, she currently chairs the policy working group on political and constitutional reform.



Kelly-Marie Blundell

Kelly-Marie has solid experience in policy across equality, welfare, law and public services and committed to reducing inequality in society. Kelly-Marie is a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and has represented the party at local, Regional and Federal levels.


Julia Church


Duncan Brack

Duncan is Vice Chair of the FPC and of the Election Manifesto group. From 2010 to 2012, Duncan was special adviser to Chris Huhne.

He edits the quarterly Journal of Liberal History and professionally he is an independent environmental policy analyst.

Baroness Sal Brinton 

Sal Brinton is an elected member of both the FP and FCC, and is vice chair of the latter. She has been a member of the House of Lords since 2011, and is Co-Chair of the Lib Dem health parliamentary policy committee. Sal recently chaired the Learning to Live policy working group on Skills, Further and Higher Education and has run the Candidate Leadership Programme. 


Prateek Buch

Prateek was elected to the Policy Committee in 2012 – from which he is elected to serve on Conference Committee. Having more than a decade’s experience as a scientist at UCL researching gene and stem cell therapy for sight loss, Prateek’s policy focus has been evidence-based health policy – he currently sits on the party’s Parliamentary Policy Committee on health.


Lucy-Care.jpgLucy Care

Lucy was the first Lib Dem elected as a councillor in Derby in the early 1990s, and she remained a councillor until 2010, by when the Lib Dem Group was the largest on the council.  



Gareth Epps

Gareth stood against David Cameron in Witney in 2001, increasing the Lib Dem share of the vote. In 2007 he won the formerly safe Labour ward of Katesgrove on Reading Borough Council on a huge swing. He is now co-Chair of the Social Liberal Forum and is a member of the FPC and FCC.


Lord Tony Greaves

Evan Harris


Susan Juned

Susan has been a district councillor for Alcester since 1991 and has been the Leader of the Council. She was a County Councillor for 12 years and education spokesman for 10 years.

Susan is a Director and Chairman of Act on Energy, and energy efficiency advice charity and is a Director of Greenwatt Technology. 


Mark Pack

Mark's edits the monthly email newsletter, Liberal Democrat Newswire (http://bit.ly/LibDemNews). 

Mark worked at party HQ for just under a decade. He has served on several Amnesty International committees and is a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Communications Advisory Group


Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith is Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University. She is currently a Vice-Chair of FPC and sits on both the European and General Election manifesto working groups. Julie is a City Councillor in Cambridge where she is portfolio-holder for Customer Services and Resources.


Jim_Wallace.jpgLord Wallace of Tankerness

Rt. Hon Jim Wallace QC has been a Liberal Democrat MP and MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Deputy First Minister (and Acting First Minister) in the Scottish Parliament.

The Prime Minister appointed Lord Wallace as Advocate General for Scotland on 2010.


Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon Dr-Belinda-Brooks-Gordon.jpg

Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon is an elected member of FPC and ALDE Congress. She is the PPC for the Cities of London and Westminster, and has has represented the party at federal, regional and local level. Serving as a Cllr from 2009 she was co-author of ‘Real Women’ - the 2010 Women’s manifesto; a member of the Skills, Further and Higher Education Policy working group; and recently chaired the Equalities policy working group. Belinda is Asst Dean for Strategy, Birkbeck

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