English Council ratification
The last stage stage for implementation of the above for seats in England was ratification by English Council, who met on 2nd July 2016. It was passed by the Council with overwhelming support.
Selections have now been suspended until June 2017 until the threat of a possible Snap General Election in the wake of the EU Referendum result is felt to have passed.
What you can do in the meantime
Local parties are encouraged to get the paperwork ready. This will include:
- Ensuring all shortlisting committee members are trained
And agreeing on the details of the:
- Application form
- Selection criteria
- Constituency profile
- Candidates compact
- Advert details
You also need to ensure:
- Your region has established which of its seats that achieved over 25% of the vote select a candidate through an All Women Shortlist
What about Scotland & Wales?
Candidate selection rules are devolved to state parties and prior to the Federal Spring Conference, Scottish Liberal Democrats passed a slightly different motion, which can be accessed via this link.
Wales are set to ratify their rules later this year.
Worried about the Boundary Review?
If a seat is subject to a boundary change after selection has taken place, the party’s rules on boundary changes will apply. These currently require action if the membership in the seat has changed by more than 20%. The action taken can include confirmation of selection or a re-selection.
If you have any questions, please email the Candidates Office via firstname.lastname@example.org