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English Candidates Committee

The English Candidates Committee (ECC) fulfills a key constitutional function and as a body is responsible for overseeing every stage of the candidates' process from application to approval and later selection.

ECC is made up of a combination of executive officers in the English Party, the 11 Regional Candidates Chairs, a rep from the Parliamentary Candidates Association and five directly elected English Council members. The committee works closely with the Candidates' Office team at Lib Dem HQ.

ECC is Chaired by the directly elected Chair. The Chair of the English Party is also invited to attend, in addition to each Regional Candidates Chair (RCC) and five directly elected members from the English Council.

Time Commitment 

ECC holds 4 Saturday meetings per year, which normally run from 11.00am until 3.30pm. These occur once per Quarter, though extra meetings are regularly scheduled during busy periods. In addition ECC communicates heavily by email. The Candidates' process is very technical, and requires a deal of reading to fully understand the specific rules at each stage (application, approval and selection), which members of the committee should be familiar with.

Many of the key documents (such as the selection rules) can be found in the Member's section.

Essential Skills

Experience of the Candidates' process is beneficial. Alternatively a background in education, assessment, Human Resources or a similar fields will provide many of the relevant skills. Returning Officers are also warmly welcomed for their technical knowledge of the selection rules.


As with all English Committees reasonable travel expenses above £15 can be claimed.


Chair - Margaret Joachim

Vice Chair - Iain MacDonald

Devon & Cornwall - Iain MacDonald

East Midlands - Marianne Gilbert

East of England - Josephine Hayes

London & Overseas - Dave Raval

North East -Ian Jones

North West - Dave Crowther

South Central - Alasdair Keay

South East - Dawn Davidson

West Midlands - Jennifer Gray

Western Counties - Guy Adams

Yorkshire & the Humber - Penny Robinson

Directly Elected - Brian Orrell

Directly Elected - Julliet Makhapila  

Directly Elected - Fergus Ustianowski 

Directly Elected - Mark Twitchett  

Directly Elected - Rebecca Procter

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