Party President Sal Brinton has written to members of the Liberal Democrats’ Federal Executive to express her “disappointment that Chris has put himself forward for election.” She goes on to say that “It won’t surprise you to know that I didn’t vote for him.”
The full email is reproduced below. Please note that she is asking for feedback from members of the party. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you will know, it was announced on 11 November that the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords elected Chris Rennard as their representative on the party’s Federal Executive.
Personally I am disappointed that Chris put himself forward for election (and was elected) as I know that there are still extremely strong feelings about the case amongst the members of the party. It won’t surprise you to know that I did not vote for him.
The Helena Morrissey report made it very clear that that party needed to change the way it worked, and how it should handle sensitive cases in the future.
I have been very encouraged by the party response to the Morrissey report. Many people worked tirelessly to change the culture in our party, and ensure we are a party of acceptance, support and respect. It would be a tragedy if the people who believe in embedding these changes in the party, and who are in the forefront of helping lead the party forward, feel that they cannot be involved in the future. It is through the new generation of Liberal Democrats that we will make genuine progress.
Many members of the party have been in touch with me today and I’m sure we will want to discuss this at our next meeting. As a member of the Federal Executive I would also like to know your opinion, and discuss any thoughts you may have.