English Young Liberals – Wikipedia

English Young Liberals is the youth and student wing of the English Liberal Democrats.

English Young Liberals has branches across England including various English universities, and seeks to promote the work and campaigning of Young Liberals as well as the English and Federal party. The wing works to encourage and support young candidates across England, and works with Federal Young Liberals. and the main party to do this.[3]

The English Young Liberals operates as a federation of regional parties, with each having a level of independence, though working within the overall English wing. Regional branches, led by their Chair, are responsible for organising and supporting local branches and societies and co-ordinating activities to recruit and expand membership in their region[4]


The English Young Liberals Executive is made up of Directly-elected Chair, Regional Chairs, Vice Chair and four Co-Opted representatives to Federal Young Liberal committees. The current Executive was elected in October 2021 and took office on 1 January 2022.

Role Name
Chair James Green & Joe Norris
Vice Chair Miguel Smith
Regional Chairs Devon & Cornwall Josh Rutty
East Midlands Josh Nightingale
East of England William Tennison
London Nicholas Orford-Williams
North East Hélder Costa
North West Tom Sutton
South Central Nathan Eve
South East Vacant
West Midlands Tim Macy
Western Counties Toby Hawkins
Yorkshire and the Humber Jack Worrall & Patrick Gilbert

English Council[edit]

The English Young Liberals also elects six members to send to the English Liberal Democrats English Council, which is the sovereign body of the English Party, in addition to the Chair who attends in their own right.

List of former Chairs[edit]

Name Term in Office Notes
Young Liberals English Chair James Green &

Joe Norris

26th November 2022 – Full term begins on 1 January 2023. Job Share.
Oliver Jones-Lyons 1st November 2021 – 26th November 2022 Resigned on 26th November, replaced by Incoming Chairs James Green & Joe Norris.
Fergus Ustianowski 15th October 2021 – 1st November 2021 Acting Chair until result of election.
William Tench 1st November 2020 – 15th October 2021 Resigned on 15th October 2021.
Jack Worrall 1st January 2019 – 31st October 2020 Second term ended on 31 October 2020 due to becoming Federal Young Liberals Chair.
Ems Simpson 1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018
Erin Yarrow 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017
Liberal Youth English Chair Declan Stones September 2016 – 31st December 2016 Elected in by-election
Sophie Thornton 1st January 2015 – June 2016
Conor McKenzie 1st January 2015 – 31st December 2015 From 1 January 2015 onwards, term dates followed calendar year and role was renamed to Chair.
Liberal Youth English Convenor Stuart Wheatcroft 2013 – 2014
Conor McKenzie 2012 – 2013
Vacant 2011 – 2012
Harry Mathews 2010 – 2011
Thomas Hemsley 2009 – 2010


Like the English Liberal Democrats, EYL is a federation of eleven regional branches. These branches have their own Chairs, who sit on the EYL Executive, are independent in their organising, events and campaigning. Each region has its own constitution and Executive.

Devon and Cornwall[edit]

There are six members of the Devon and Cornwall Young Liberal Executive – Chair, Campaigns Officer, Events Officer, Finance Officer and two Non Portfolio Officers. All but the Chair are co-opted. A Vice Chair is elected from among members of the Executive.[5]

East Midlands[edit]

The East Midlands Young Liberals cover the counties of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. There are six members of the EMYL Executive – Chair, Finance Officer, Communications Officer, Campaigns Officer, Events Officer and the Chair of the EMYL Women’s Network. Members of the East Midlands Constitution are co-opted, except the Chair who is directly elected. Young Liberal members of the East Midlands Lib Dem Executive and Chairs of accredited branches or University societies also attend the Executive.[6]

East of England[edit]

The East of England Young Liberals cover the ceremonial counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. There are seven members of the East of England Regional Executive – four regional members and three members at large who are co-opted. The Chair is directly elected. The Chair may give Executive Members portfolios, one of which must be Vice Chair.[7]


The London Young Liberals covers members across Greater London and the City of London. There are seven Executive members, who are co-opted, in addition to a directly elected Chair. The Chair may give Executive Members portfolios, one of which must be Vice Chair.

North East[edit]

The North East Executive is the oldest constituted Executive in the English Young Liberals. There are four Executive members, who are appointed by a directly elected Chair. The Chair may give Executive Members portfolios, one of which must be Deputy Chair. Additionally, there is one Honorary President.

North West[edit]

The North West Young Liberals cover the areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. In addition to the directly elected Chair, there are two additional Executive members: Campaigns Officer and Non-portfolio Officer.

South Central[edit]

The South Central Young Liberals represent Young Liberal members in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In addition to the directly elected Chair and the a Vice Chair elected by and from other Executive members, there is one ordinary executive member for each county, a Vice Chair and four diversity representatives who are elected by the regional annual general meeting. A representative from each Young Liberals branch in the region are also ex-officio members of the regional executive.

South East[edit]

The South East Young Liberals represent the areas of East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey. With the exception of the directly elected Chair, all seven members – one from each county and three at large – of the South East Regional Executive are co-opted. The Chair may give Executive Members portfolios, one of which must be Vice Chair. The chair of each affiliated branch or university society are full voting members of the Executive, but may not hold portfolios.

Western Counties[edit]

The Western Counties Young Liberals represent Wiltshire, West of England Combined Authority, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

West Midlands[edit]

The West Midlands Young Liberals represent the West Midlands region, including the West Midlands Combined Authority, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The region includes branches at the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, Keele University, Telford and Wrekin, and Aston University.[8] Members of the Executive are elected at the West Midlands Regional Annual General Meeting, with the exception of the Chair, who is elected alongside federal elections.

Yorkshire and the Humber[edit]

Members of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Executive are co-opted. There are no fixed executive positions in Yorkshire and the Humber, with the Chair deciding the makeup and nature of the executive based on their need.

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