Campaign for Gender Balance

It's easy to agree that there are too few women in positions of power, but if you want to change that, what can you do?

The Campaign for Gender Balance provides mentoring, training and support for Lib Dem women seeking election. In 2013 we joined forces with Women Liberal Democrats to create a unified and stronger organisation - 'Liberal Democrat Women (LDW)'. The new organisation will continue to support women candidates, but it will also engage in more campaigns, networking and fundraising. You have to be a member of the Liberal Democrat party to join, and until 8th June there is a special introductory offer of £10 to join LDW. Please use the Donate button on this page in order to make a £10 donation and become a LDW member.

We hope to see some great new talent stand for the Executive so please get in touch if you are interested by emailing diversity@libdems.org.uk in the first instance. Make sure you also check out our Facebook Page!

If you would like to sign up for our monthly email newsletter, including training information, candidate selection updates and tips from senior Party figures, please send a blank email to genderbalance-subscribe@lists.libdems.org.uk

Recent updates

  • Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

    Tom writes:

    In Coalition, the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

    Article / May 26, 2015
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    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    Article / May 22, 2015
  • Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

    Article / May 21, 2015
  • The Liberal Democrats first post-election volunteer event has been described as a runaway success.

    On Wednesday 120 volunteers visited the party's London HQ for the first event since polling day.

    The event provided new members and volunteers with the opportunity to socialise with other Liberal Democrats as well as to find out more about what volunteering with the party involves and rounded off with some phone calling.

    Article / May 15, 2015
  • Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

    Article / May 13, 2015
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    Since polls closed on Thursday, more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

    Article / May 13, 2015
  • Following the agreement of the Federal Executive and the Liberal Democrats' returning officer, the timetable below has been set out ahead of the election of a new leader.

    Opening of nominations

    13th of May 2015

    Close of nominations

    3rd of June 2015

    Dispatch of ballot papers

    24th of June 2015

    Deadline for ballot papers to be returned

    15th of July 2015

    Count and declaration of the winner

    16th of July 2015

    Article / May 12, 2015
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    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.

    Since polls closed on Thursday, 7296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

    Article / May 11, 2015
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    Nick Clegg has written to Liberal Democrat members following the General Election. His letter is below:

    Dear Friends,

    I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats, given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

    But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared.

    For that, of course, I must take responsibility and therefore I announce that I will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    A leadership election will now take place according to the party's rules. Our President, Sal Brinton, will be in touch with you later on today with details of that process.

    For the last seven years it has been a privilege and an honour to lead a party of the most resilient, courageous and remarkable people.

    The Liberal Democrats are a family and I will always be extremely proud of the warmth, good grace and good humour which our political family has shown through the ups and downs of recent years.

    I want to thank every member, every campaigner, every councillor and every parliamentarian for the commitment you have shown to our country and to our party.

    It is simply heart-breaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently over so many years abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control.

    In 2011, after a night of disappointing election results for our party, one of our candidates in Edinburgh, Alex Cole-Hamilton said that if his defeat was part-payment for the ending of child detention then he accepted it with all his heart.

    Those words revealed a selfless dignity which is rare in politics but common amongst Liberal Democrats.

    We will never know how many lives we changed for the better because we had the courage to step up at a time of crisis.

    But we have done something that cannot be undone.

    Because there can be no doubt that we leave Government with Britain a far stronger, fairer, greener and more liberal country than it was five years ago.

    However unforgiving the judgement has been of the Liberal Democrats in the ballot box, I believe the history books will judge our party kindly for the service we sought to provide to the nation at a time of great economic difficultly and for the policies and values which we brought to bear on government - opportunity, fairness and liberty - which I believe will stand the test of time.

    It is no exaggeration to say that in the absence of strong and statesmanlike leadership, Britain's place in Europe and the world, and the continued existence of our United Kingdom itself, is now in grave jeopardy.

    And the cruellest irony of all is that it is exactly at this time that British liberalism - that fine, noble tradition that believes that we are stronger together and weaker apart - is more needed than ever before.

    We must keep fighting for it.

    That is both the great challenge and the great cause that my successor will have to face.

    I will always give my unstinting support to all those who continue to keep the flame of British liberalism alive.

    On the morning after the most crushing blow to the Liberal Democrats since our party was founded it is easy to imagine that there is no road back.

    But there is because there is no path to a fairer, greener, freer Britain without British liberalism showing the way.

    This is a very dark hour for our party but we cannot and will not allow decent liberal values to be extinguished overnight.

    Our party will come back. Our party will win again.

    It will take patience, resilience and grit. But that is what has built our party before - and will rebuild it again.

    Thank you, so much, for everything you have done.

    Nick Clegg

    Article / May 8, 2015
  • Paddy Ashdown

    Paddy Ashdown has written to members of the Liberal Democrats on what has been an extremely hard night for the party. His letter is below:

    Last night was a bitter night for Liberal Democrats. Perhaps most bitter of all, the results do not do justice to your hard work, dedication or passion.

    You have fought the campaign of your lives, and I am incredibly proud of you.

    Let us remember what we fought for - liberal values, offering a vibrant, positive, and hopeful alternative for our country.

    The forces of decency, moderation, unity, respect for others and progressive politics are weaker this morning. But they are not lost, and they must not be lost.

    However painful this defeat, our fight for all this party stands for must continue.

    In 2010 we put the country before our party, and we should be very proud of everything that we, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have achieved.

    These will be tough days ahead for our party, and they could be tough times for our country too.

    But Liberal Democrat resilience has battled through time and time again, and I genuinely believe that, while diminished in Parliament, our voice will be heard again and is needed now more than ever.

    I look forward to fighting that fight alongside you.

    Paddy

    Article / May 8, 2015