Friday, 8 August 2014

Introducing our new Lib Dem Peers

Today Nick Clegg announced the appointment of a new group of Lib Dem peers. The six new peers, three men and three women, all have vast experience in the party. All of them have represented the party in local government and all have made a huge contribution over a number of years.

Chris Fox

A member of the Liberal party at the age of 16, Chris was the founder chair of the North Herefordshire Young Liberals working in Roger Pincham’s team during the second election campaign that year. In 1994 Chris was elected councillor for Feltham South and went on to fight the new Windsor parliamentary seat for the 1997 General Election.

Chris joined the staff of the Liberal Democrats in February 2009 as Director of Policy and Communications and became interim Chief Executive in July 2009. Up to the General Election he led the administration of the party based in Cowley Street London. After the election in May 2010 he was appointed to Chief Executive, a role he held until December 2011.

Dave Goddard

Dave was born in Stockport and has lived and worked there all his life. He spent 25 years with British Gas starting as an apprentice service engineer at the age of seventeen. First elected to Stockport Council in 1990 a position held for twenty two consecutive years. After a number of executive positions he was elected Leader of Stockport Council in May 2007.

Dave was one of the four leaders of Greater Manchester that made the successful presentation to government to obtain the City deal, a billion pound investment in the Greater Manchester region.

Barbara Janke

Barbara joined the Liberal Party in 1978 and volunteered and worked for the party around the country until 1986 when Barbara won a seat on the council in the London borough of Kingston and became vice-chair of the policy and resources committee. In 1987 she became the party’s lead on the education committee and, in 1988, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group.

Barbara was Liberal Democrat leader of Bristol City Council for much of the period between 2003 and 2012. Since Bristol elected its first Mayor in November 2012, Barbara has been a member of his cabinet as executive member for care and health.

Kath Pinnock

Kath has been a member of Liberal Party and then the Liberal Democrats for 40 years. She was first elected as councillor for the Cleckheaton ward of Kirklees Met Council in 1987 and has been re-elected every time since. She was the first Liberal/Liberal Democrat ever to be elected for the town.

She was Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Kirklees council from 1991 to 2014 and the Leader of Kirklees council, as the first woman and first Liberal Democrat from 2000 to 2006. Kath has been a member of ALDC and Chair of ALDC from 2008 to 2012 and she is currently one of the vice chairs.

Paul Scriven

Paul was born in 1966 in Huddersfield and for most of his life has lived in the north and Yorkshire. Paul represented the Broomhill Ward in the City of Sheffield, from 2000 as a Councillor and did so until May 2012. He was elected as Leader of the Sheffield Liberal Democrat councillors in 2002. He became the Leader of the Council in 2008 a position he held until 2011. During his time as Leader of the Council Paul was awarded LeaDeR award at European level for his Liberal achievement in local government.

Julie Smith

Having first become involved in politics at the age of 12, campaigning for Shirley Williams in her native Crosby, Julie has been actively engaged in the Lib Dems ever since. She is currently a Vice-Chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Federal Policy Committee and serves the General Election manifesto working group. She has served on numerous policy working groups particularly focusing on European and Defence matters She chaired the Party's working group on Security in 2007-08 and the Defence working group in 2012-13.

Julie represents Newnham ward on Cambridge City Councillor where she served two terms as Executive Councillor, for Arts and Recreation from 2006 until 2010 and as portfolio-holder for Customer Services and Resources from 2012 to 2014.