On Tuesday I had my first post published on Liberal Democrat Voice about the English Council of the Liberal Democrats: “What does the English Council do?”
Last November I wrote about my decision to put myself forward to be a member of the English Council and my motivations for doing so. Chief amongst these was ‘curiosity’ to find out just what the purpose of this obscure body is.
In my, ultimately unnecessary, manifesto for this role I said that I would;
“Work for greater transparency and accountability, finding ways to report back to the wider membership.”
Then early this year, following discussions with co-editor Mark Pack, the suggestion was made that I could also take on the role of a sort of “English Council correspondent” for Liberal Democrat Voice. I am deliberately avoiding making too many commitments towards political activity at the moment, serving on the English Council being one of few exceptions, but I didn’t think this would be too onerous. So I agreed to write the occasional post for LDV highlighting aspects of the work of the English Council.
Given that the first of the two annual meetings of the Council is about a month away I thought it was about time I got on with and produced something. So I’ve written the first article which is a sort of general introduction.
Given that the subject matter is, well frankly a bit dull, I am reasonably pleased with it. A second article is planned to appear soon.