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Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about the leadership election? We've put the answers to some of the common ones here, but if your question isn't answered - just email [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!


Who can vote in the leadership election?

Anyone who is a member on the 9th July is eligible to vote in the leadership election. There is no minimum time to be a member.

How do I get a vote in the leadership election?

All you have to do is join before midnight on the 9th July- and you can join here: www.libdem.org.uk/join

When does voting start?

Voting starts on the 30th July. If the party has a working email address for you, then you'll get a ballot paper emailed to you. Otherwise, you'll get a paper one posted to you. If you would like to request a paper ballot, you can do that by emailing [email protected].

You can also ask your local membership officer to check what kind of ballot you're getting via Lighthouse, the party's membership portal.


Who are the candidates?

Three candidates announced they intend to run, Layla Moran, Wera Hobhouse and Ed Davey. Wera Hobhouse subsequently announced she was dropping out of the race. None of these candidates have yet been nominated and nominations don't open until the 24th June and close until the 9th July.

You can view all the announced candidates' websites here: Layla Moran, Ed Davey

Hustings and Q&As

When will hustings and Q&As be held?

The full schedule of hustings will be announced in due course on the Leadership page: www.libdems.org.uk/leadership

Q&A sessions can be organised by local parties but must be arranged via, and with the approval of, the Returning Officer. You can find out more about organising a Q&A here: www.libdems.org.uk/q-and-as 


Will my name be published if I nominate a candidate?

No, your name will not be published if you nominate a candidate. Who you've nominated is private. You can, of course, choose to share that information if you wish.

I haven't got my nomination code, what should I do?

If you've requested a code here (www.libdems.org.uk/nominate) and not had an email with your code, please check your junk and promotions folder for an email from Greg Foster - Lib Dems. If you still can't find it, please email [email protected] and we'll be happy to provide you with your code.

I would like a paper nomination form, how can I request one?

To request a paper nomination form please email [email protected] and we'll be happy to send you one.

Social media

What can and can't I post on Facebook?

There are rules around how the official leadership election Facebook Group and other Lib Dem Facebook Groups can be used, and what can and can't be posted. Please read the guidance here before posting anything: www.libdems.org.uk/facebook-rules

A candidate has asked to join my local Facebook group, can I let them in?

This is entirely up to you. The party has set up an official discussion group, which we're asking members to join if they'd like to discuss the election or quiz the candidates. You don't have to allow candidates into your group if you don't want to, but if you choose to, we've got some example rules for them to follow here: www.libdems.org.uk/facebook-rules

Local parties

What rules do local parties need to follow during the election period?

There are a number of considerations around neutrality that Local Parties need to keep in mind in the lead up to the Leadership Election. Please read the information on this page carefully to understand the rules: www.libdems.org.uk/guidance-for-lps

What else can local parties do to prepare for the election?

It is important to make sure that all your members' contact details are up to date and there are as few missing email addresses as possible. You can find instructions for completing these member audits here:www.libdems.org.uk/member-audits

Rules & complaints

I think someone has broken the rules, what do I do?

If you think a person or campaign has broken the rules, first check the rules here: www.libdems.org.uk/leadership-election-rules and confirm that it is actually covered by the rules. Then you need to complain to the Returning Officer's team, you can do this by emailing: [email protected]. The Returning Officer for this election is Alan Masters, the Acting Returning Officer is Mike Dixon and the Deputy Acting Returning Officers are Kerry Buist & Greg Foster.

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