Nominations are now open for the biennial election to the SLF Council. The Council is the governing body of the SLF and meets about 5 times a year, currently in Birmingham. SLF will pay travel expenses to meetings on application to the Treasurer.

Nominations can be made by any member of the SLF. Self-nomination is allowed. All nominators and nominees must be paid-up members of the SLF on 4 August 2018. You can join SLF as a full member by clicking on the “Join” tab at the top of the page.

Nominations should be sent to the Returning Officer, Roger Hayes, at [email protected] or at 9 Beaufort Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2TH by 12pm on 4th August. All nominations will be acknowledged when received.

Nominations should be accompanied by an A5 manifesto (max: 2MB). Manifestos will be published on the SLF website prior to the opening of the ballot.


  • Nominations: open now
  • SLF Conference: 28 July
  • Close of nominations: 12pm on 4 August
  • Circulation of ballot papers: week beginning 13 August
  • Manifestos uploaded to website: 12 August
  • Close of Poll: 12pm on 4 September
  • Announcement of Result: 5 September
  • First meeting of New Council: during Lib Dem Conference in Brighton

Candidates may campaign for election by electronic means and by conversation with members. The SLF membership list will not be released to candidates. In such communications, a candidate must not defame or denigrate any other candidate, directly or by implication, subject to exclusion from the ballot. The decision of the Returning Officer on this and all other matters shall be final.

Voting will be conducted using electronic ballot papers, but members may apply to the Returning Officer for a paper ballot.

Officers of the SLF are elected by Council at the first meeting.

The current Council stresses that this is a working body and members are expected to take or share responsibility for the SLF’s work. The current Chair and the Treasurer will be standing down at the end of this term and we are looking for a person to take on the co-ordinating role of Director.

Other tasks include media representation, website management, publications including books, social media, organisation of SLF Conferences, Liberal Democrat Conference fringe meetings, presence at Liberal Democrat Conferences, policy and ideas development, liaison with trade unions, liaison with Greens, SLF regional groups and events.

This may include working and task groups which may be regionally based to enable all members to make a full contribution. Attendance at Council meetings should be a priority for members, but we recognise that occasionally members who find it difficult to attend meetings may be able to make a useful contribution to the Council’s work.

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