RA Candidates 2017

Nominees are as follows:


James Baillie

Seconders: Joseph Toovey, Mark Waller


I am a postgraduate historian and freelance tutor, specialising in the history of the Black Sea region, and have been active within the Liberal Democrats since joining in 2015 and active in the Radical Association since last year. As a member of the RA’s provisional executive, I drafted our constitution, worked on creating effective, inclusive, and focussed messaging for the association, and worked to create the systems for membership and elections that are now in use as well as help build a strong slate of candidates for these elections. Other things I have been involved in include the Exilian, a small society that supports creative hobbyists and SMEs, and organising petitions on areas including education cuts and government restrictions on council investment policies.

I believe I have the strategic ability needed to ensure the RA can flourish organisationally, and the messaging ability needed to be a public representative for the organisation. I firmly believe in chairing by consensus and recognising the limits of my own viewpoint on any given issue, and building on the strengths of a full and diverse committee and the membership beyond. My aim is to help pilot the RA towards being a major voice in Liberal Democrat policy making and in working out how we transmit those radical ideas to the rest of the party and beyond; it is my belief that for liberals, taking the political initiative on both social and economic issues and outlining a clear alternative to the isolationist consensus  is vital. The Radical Association can help build an alternative consensus and put the research, blue skies thinking, and policy groundwork in place to allow us to do just that.



April Preston

Seconders: James Baillie, George Potter


As director I propose to:

  • Reach out to pre-existing Liberal Democrat members interested in grassroots politics.
  • Make a commitment to talent spotting and supporting individuals often overlooked, IE BAME, LGBTQI, disabled so that they are given the same opportunities to prosper as part of our community.
  • Deliver clear distinct, radically Liberal messaging
  • As part of evidence based research, forward policy which benefits marginalised peoples and communities and rebuild pre-existing Liberal Democrat commitments.
  • Radically stand up for the benefits of immigration, free movement, and call out divisive politics used currently by Labour and the Tories.
  • To employ a jargon-free style which aims to welcome activists from a wide range of backgrounds.



Patrick Streeter

Seconders: James Baillie, Mark Waller


I have fought three parliamentary elections, been a Councillor for 13 years, I was elected auditor of the City of London Corporation and am a Chartered Accountant by profession.


Access & Diversity Officer

Jennie Rigg

Seconders: James Baillie, George Potter

Plaintext: Current member of Federal Conference Committee, have also been chair of Calderdale Liberal Democrats and executive member of LGBT+ Lib Dems.

I am passionate about diversity and believe that the more diverse the viewpoints the better the decision-making.


Executive Members (4 posts)

Anna Fryer

Seconders: James Baillie, April Preston

Anna is a Lib Dem activist in Manchester, who  joined in 2015. She was an agent for the council elections in 2016, is now Vice Chair (candidates) of her local Constituency executive and is a candidate for the 2018 council elections in Manchester. She chaired a fringe meeting at her first federal conference in March 2016 with a “meet the doctors” event promoting the junior doctor action against the imposition of a contract which is unsafe and unfair.
She works as a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and is a trustee of her local hospice, and has been a volunteer for a local homeless charity for several years. She has held various roles on committees and has chaired the national trainee and new consultant group for Liaison Psychiatry, including organising a national conference. She sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Committee, and attends the APPG on Domestic Violence as part of this role.
She is committed in particular to us challenging discrimination and fighting to promote equality in our society.

Cllr Fran Oborski

Seconders: James Baillie, Mark Waller


  • Wyre Forest District Cllr since 1973
  • Worcs County Cllr since 2001
  • Kidderminster Town Cllr since it was established in Dec 2015
  • Retired former School Improvement Adviser and qualified but non practising Ofsted Inspector
  • Former Polish Honorary Consul for West Mids ( fell out big time with current very right wing Polish Govt).
  • Believe LibDems must be a Radical Reforming Party (still looking forward to what Jo Grimond always wanted : “the realignment of the left”.
  • Cannot stand the innate conservatism of the Labour Party.
  • Long time Trades Unionist (former President Birmingham NASUWT).
  • Supports Palestinian Statehood.
  • Individual Member of ALDE


George Potter

Seconders: James Baillie, Jennie Rigg

Candidate information: Founding member of the Radical Association and director of provisional committee.

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Joseph Toovey

Seconders: James Baillie, Mark Waller

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