Liberal Democrats in England
|Liberal Democrats in England|
|English Liberal Democrats|
|Chair of the English Council||Peter Ellis|
|Headquarters||8-10 Great George Street,
|Youth wing||Liberal Youth England|
Social Democracy 
|Political position||Radical Center to Centre-left|
|International affiliation||Liberal International|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party|
|European Parliament group||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group|
|House of Commons (English Seats)|||
|Politics of England
The Liberal Democrats in England, informally known as the English Liberal Democrats, is the state party within the Liberal Democrats that operates in England. It is a federation of the eleven regional parties in England which are further divided into local parties. The party currently holds 43 of the 533 English seats in the UK House of Commons, 2 of the 25 seats in the London Assembly  and 11 of the 59 English seats in the European Parliament.
The English Council is the sovereign body of the English party. It consists of the chairs of regional parties, representatives elected by regional party members, a representative of youth and members other interest bodies that operate within the English party. The Council meets twice each year and elects the English Council Executive. A Finance and Administration Sub-Committee which is chaired by a Treasurer manages the finances of the English party.
English Council Executive
The English Council Executive consists of members elected by the English Council. The elections to the current English Council Executive took place in November 2011 and its members are as follows:
- Nigel Ashton
- Stan Collins
- Dawn Davidson
- Peter Ellis (Chair)
- Kay Friend
- Anders Hanson
- Sean Hooker
- Sal Jarvis
- Steve Jarvis (Treasurer)
- Brian Orrell
- Geoff Payne
- Neil Walton
- Mike Wheatley (Vice-Chair)
- Elected office holders in the English party
- Chair of English Council and English Council Executive: Peter Ellis
- Chair of English Candidates' Committee: Margaret Joachim 
- English party representatives at federal level
- English Vice-President of the federal party: Peter Ellis
- English party representative on the Federal Executive: Brian Orrell
- English party representative on the Federal Policy Committee: Geoff Payne
- English party representative on the Federal Conference Committee: Geoff Payne
- Liberal Youth
- England Convenor: Conor McKenzie
The English party is a federation of the eleven regional parties which follow the boundaries of the English Regions, with the exception of South East England and South West England which are each divided into two regional parties. Each regional party is governed by a conference and AGM held in the autumn of every year. The conference elects a Regional Executive, led by a Regional Chair. The regional executive includes all Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament representing constituencies within the region, all Members of the House of Lords who are members of the regional party, all Liberal Democrat Members of the European Parliament representing areas in the region, ordinary party members elected from within the region, and additional members co-opted by the executive.
The regional parties within the English party are:
- Devon and Cornwall (South West)
- East of England
- East Midlands
- Greater London
- North East
- North West
- South Central (South East)
- South East (South East)
- Western Counties (South West)
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire and the Humber
Policy and functions
The English party has responsibilities for the organisation of local parties, co-ordination of the activities of regional parties, resolution of disputes between regional parties, selection of English representatives to federal bodies and establishing the rules for selection of party candidates.
The English Party constitution states that the Liberal Democrats in England "shall determine the policy of the Party on matters affecting England which fall outside the remit of the Federal Party" This can be achieved by structures established by the English Council. As no policy making structures are currently in place, policy making has been passed up to federal level and English policies discussed at federal party conferences.
List of Chairs of the English Council of the Liberal Democrats
Chairs are elected in November and take office on 1 January the following year.
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- Stan Collins (2004-2007) 
- Brian Orrell (2007-2010) 
- Jonathan Davies (2010-2012) 
- Peter Ellis (2012-)
- Liberal Democrats
- Scottish Liberal Democrats
- Welsh Liberal Democrats
- Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats
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- Regional parties within England
- Devon and Cornwall regional party
- East of England regional party
- East Midlands regional party
- London regional party
- North East regional party
- North West regional party
- South East regional party
- South Central regional party
- West Midlands regional party
- Western Counties regional party
- Yorkshire and the Humber regional party