Jeremy Hargreaves, 38, is currently Chair of the group preparing the Liberal Democrats’ tax policies. From 2004 to 2012 he was Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Federal Policy Committee (FPC) which is responsible for the party’s policy making. He was also part of the writing group preparing the Liberal Democrats’ manifestos for the 2005 and 2010 General Elections.
In 2009-2011 he chaired a party review into policy on Quality of Life, which brought proposals which were approved at the party’s Conference in autumn 2011.
He was a leading member of the Meeting the Challenge group which led the party’s policy review in 2005-6, set up following the publication of Wasted Rainforests, Jeremy’s pamphlet on Liberal Democrat policy-making. He was also a member of the working group which drafted the party’s 2006 policy paper International Law: Britain’s Global Responsibilities and has been a member of working groups which drafted a number of the party’s other policy papers, including The Future of Europe and Justice in the Community.
He was also a member of the party’s Federal Conference Committee (FCC) from 2003 to 2012, and was for two years the first convenor of its Conference Access Group which works to improve access to conference for representatives with disabilities.
From 2005 to 2012 he was a governor of Highbury Grove Secondary School.
In 2004-6 he was Chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group, which carries out a wide range of activities promoting and supporting campaigning and discussion on European issues within the Liberal Democrats. In 2007-9 he was chair of the London Region Liberal Democrat Policy Committee.
Jeremy was Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Croydon Central in the 2005 General Election. At the 2001 General Election he stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate against Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP in Rushcliffe.
Between 1995 and 2011 Jeremy was an elected member of the Management Board (then National Council) of the UK European Movement, and of its Finance & General Purposes sub-committee, latterly as Chair. In the late 1990s he served two spells as Chairman of its National Development Committee, and in 1996/7 he was President of the Young European Movement.
In 2008 Jeremy was appointed Honorary President of LDSO, the association of Liberal Democrat professional advisers in local government.
Between 1999 and 2001 Jeremy was a member of the Executive Bureau of the international Young European Movement, a pro-European organisation for young people aged up to 35, with 20,000 members in 33 European countries. He continues to take an active part in the debate on the future on Europe, both in the UK and in the rest of the continent.
Jeremy writes regularly about a range of political issues, and many of his articles and pamphlets can be read on this website. In 2004 he published Wasted Rainforests, an essay on the policy-making of the Liberal Democrats, and his guide Campaigning on Europe was published by the Lib Dem European Group and ALDC. In 2002 he edited the pamphlet It’s About the Public, Stupid published by the Local Government Association Liberal Democrat Group, and in 2001 he wrote Private Sector Working, published by Islington Council Liberal Democrat Group.
Professionally Jeremy is a senior manager in the NHS. He also has experience as a strategy consultant with one of the big four global professional services firms, and previously spent several years as a senior advisor to a local authority. Before that he was European Affairs Manager for GJW Government Relations, where he was responsible for creating an Intergroup in the European Parliament on Financial Services, bringing together the leading exchanges and financial institutions in Europe, with Members of the European Parliament. He has also spent periods working in Brussels for Graham Watson MEP, in the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Press Office, and in a volunteer capacity for the Britain in Europe campaign.
While at university, Jeremy was a member of Hebdomadal Council (Oxford University’s Governing Body), Secretary of Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), President of the Oxford Reform Club, Vice President of Oxford University Liberal Democrats and Treasurer of Christ Church Arts Society.
He joined the Liberal Democrats in 1990.
Jeremy lives in Barnsbury in north London with his wife Emma and daughter.
Jeremy read Classics (Greats) at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was also an Academical Clerk (choral scholar) in Christ Church Cathedral.
He attended Whitgift School, Croydon, and St Edmund’s Junior School, Canterbury, where he was a chorister in the Cathedral Choir.
Jeremy enjoys travelling, and music.