Liberal Democrats

How we work

As a party, we believe strongly in democracy, and this is reflected in our organisational structures. Our three main decision-making committees are elected by our members. 

The Committees report to Conference and engage with members through a variety of channels. For updates, check out the AdLib blog.

Members can also join party organisations, which are groups of like-minded people who share a particular interest or identity.

The principal Committees of the Federal Party are: 


Federal Board

Chair: Mark Pack

The Federal Board (FB) provides strategic direction for the Party, using the Leader's strategy as a base and scrutinising it where required. The Federal Board also monitors the work of the other Federal Committees.

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Federal Policy Committee

Chair: Ed Davey

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for the party's policy-making process and for commissioning research and development, from which it creates policy papers for debate by Conference.

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Federal Conference Committee 

Chair: Geoff Payne

The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for staging Federal Conference – where party members have the chance to decide on party policy. 

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Federal Finance and Resource Committee

Chair: Tony Harris

The Federal Finance and Resources Committee (FFRC) is responsible for planning and administering the budget and finances of the Federal.


Federal Communications and Elections Committee

Chair: Lisa Smart

The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) oversees the implementation of the Party's strategy in relation to elections, campaigns and communications.


Federal People Development Committee

Chair: Bess Mayhew 


Federal International Relations Committee

Chair: Jonathan Fryer

The Federal International Relations Committee (FIRC) manages the Party’s relationships with sister parties internationally and oversees the organisation and provision of training for sister parties outside the UK. In addition, the FIRC co-ordinates the work of internationally-minded organisations within the framework of the Party and advises the Party on international policy where appropriate.

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Federal Audit and Scrutiny Committee

Chair: Helena Cole

The Federal Audit and Scrutiny Committee leads on the Party's internal audit work and commissions the annual external audit. 


The Federal Party also works closely with the State Parties (England, Scotland and Wales) and party bodies, such as our Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) and Associated Organisations (AOs). Here is further information about some of them:


English Council Executive

The governing body of the English Liberal Democrats, or ‘English Party’, is the English Council, which meets twice a year. It is made up of representatives of all the 11 English Regional Parties, who are elected at their regional conferences.

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Specified Associated Organisations

Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) are groups of party members that share, or support, a particular identity. SAOs are approved by the Federal Board and are entitled to submit motions to Conference.

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Associated Organisations

Associated Organisations (AOs) are groups of party members that share a particular belief, interest or cause. AOs are approved by the Federal Board.

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