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The English Council

The English Council is the Governing body of the Liberal Democrats in England and is a federation of 11 regional parties together with the Young Liberals, the youth wing of the Liberal Democrats.

All the members in each region, and the Young Liberals, elect representatives to the English Council, proportionate to the number of members in the Region. The English Council sit from January to December and normally meets twice a year.

The English Council Executive

The day to day management of the party in England is overseen by the English Council Executive which comprises the directly elected officers and ordinary members of the English Party, the Chairs of the 11 Regions or their designated substitues, a representative of the Young Liberals, and is also attended by the representatives of the English Party on Federal Party committees.

The English Council Executive meets monthly.

The English Party Officers

The officers of the English party are responsible for the day to day management of the party in England. They lead sub committees which include:

The English Finance and Administration Committee (EFAC)

Conducting negotiations with the Federal Party on financial matters, liaising with auditors, day to day staffing matters such as filling vacancies and monitoring Service Level Agreements. EFAC is chaired by the Treasurer of the English Party, the Chair, Vice-chair, Chair of the English Candidates Committee and four members elected by and from ECE are also members of EFAC. Federal Party's financial controller, staff from Membership and other appropriate members are of staff are also invited to its meetings however they do not have a vote.

The Regional Parties Committee (RPC)

RPC usually meet around 5 times a year to encourage best practice amongst Regions, to discuss compliance issues and to draft strategies to promote the development of Regional Parties in terms of campaigning activity, membership and fundraising.

The RPC is chaired by the Vice-Chair, the Chair, Chair of the English Candidates Committee and four members elected by and from the ECE are also in attendance. Six other members of the English Council may also be co-opted however these have to be ratified by the ECE, these co-options must, in the eyes of the ECE poses experience or expertise relevant to the function of the RPC. Relevant members of staff may also be invited to these meetings although they do not have a vote.

English Candidates Committee (ECC)

The ECC is responsible for the approval, management and training of European and Westminster Parliamentary candidates and Mayoral and PCC candidates in England, for administration of their selection by local parties and for recommending processes and rules for the approval, selection and appointment of candidates.