About John

John Ault

As a Liberal Democrat and aspiring political academic I have spent many years at the heart of political campaigning, being involved in numerous parliamentary election campaigns in the UK and abroad.

Between 2005 and 2009 I was a member of Cornwall County Council and the South West Regional Assembly, piloting Cornwall’s marine environment strategy and running the Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.

As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) I am involved in progressive policy making and I am also a Member of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (MRI) which advances public understanding of science and its benefits to society.

I have been a candidate for Westminster, Europe and the Welsh Assembly.

In 2003, I appeared for the Liberal Democrats on the BBC’s Top Gear programme and won the ‘fastest political party’ contest, beating Labour and Conservative MPs and the leader of The Monster Raving Loony Party!

I was the co-author, with Hilary Stephenson, of ‘The Campaign Manual’ for the 2001 General Election. I was Director of Simon Hughes MP’s successful campaign to become President of the Liberal Democrats in 2004 and a member of his leadership campaign in 2005/06.

Now living between the North West and Cornwall I am completing a PhD researching the impacts of political campaigning and work as a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I was recently elected as a member of the Electoral Reform Society’s Council and now serve as Chair of the Society.

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