Linda Jack to announce Lib Dem party president campaign

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2014

Linda JackLib Dem activist Linda Jack will shortly announce that she will be a candidate for the post of Party President in the all-member election that will take place this autumn.

To date, two candidates have declared their intention to run: Baroness (Sal) Brinton and Pauline Pearce. I understand Linda will officially throw her hat into the ring after May’s local and European elections.

Linda Jack has twice been a parliamentary candidate for the party: in Luton North in 2005, and in Mid-Bedfordshire (up against Nadine Dorries) in 2010. She also served as a a councillor on Bedford Borough Council for five years. She famously brandished a set of pink fluffy handcuffs to warn against the Lib Dems going into Coalition with the Conservatives in May 2010, and is Chair of Liberal Left. She was elected to the party’s Federal Policy Committee in 2006, serving on it until 2012. A former analyst in special intelligence (H.M. Forces), teacher and youth worker, Linda was most recently Youth Policy Adviser at the Money Advice Service. She blogs at Lindylooz Muse.

All three candidates who’ve declared so far – and any others who come forward – will require 200 nominations from conference representatives of at least 20 local parties to be eligible to have their name on the ballot. Given the dominance of white men in the party leadership – our leader, deputy leader, party president and all cabinet ministers – I’d be surprised if Lib Dem members didn’t choose a party president who breaks that pattern.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.