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

  • The IFS report released today (Friday 23 January) confirms that the richest have shouldered the highest share of the burden as we move to repair the public finances.

    The Liberal Democrats have been clear that we expect those with the broadest shoulders to pay their fair share towards deficit reduction.

    Article / Jan 23, 2015
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    Ibrahim Taguri, Liberal Democrat candidate for Brent Central, has been named as the party's Race Equality Champion.

    Ibrahim will engage with all communities and ensure the party continues to include commitments reflecting a diverse Britain in our manifesto.

    The new appointment was announced by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a reception for the BAME community on Wednesday evening (21 January).

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
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    Figures released today (Thursday 22 January) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the level of crime in England and Wales has fallen to a record low.

    The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that in the year ending September 2014, crime fell by 11 per cent compared with the previous year.

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • Writing in the Independent, Tim Farron MP calls for an end to the delays in publishing the Chilcot Report.

    Read Tim's article in full below.

    In 2003 Britain was led by the Labour Party with Conservative support into a war with Iraq which many people in our country believe was illegal.

    It is why on the eve of the conflict a million people took to the streets to protest against the decision to send our troops into harm's way without the backing of the United Nations.

    The grim statistics resulting directly from that fateful decision are now, sadly, all too familiar.

    Nearly 200 British service personnel killed. More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Hundreds of thousands of families torn apart in the post-war chaos; and billions of pounds of taxpayer's money spent.

    But it important to remember that the conflict with Iraq is not ancient history. It is not some distant tragedy fought between past warring nations, led by romanticised characters from popular myth or legend.

    The war in Iraq helps to explain the world today. You cannot begin to understand modern geopolitics without first understanding its intricacies and its aftermath. The legacy of the Iraqi conflict is Britain's legacy too. Our country is less safe, less secure and less trusted in the Middle East because of it.

    This makes the public inquiry into British and American invasion of Iraq so important. The British people, the wounded soldiers and their families, deserve to understand how the decision to go to war was made.

    Six years after the independent inquiry was set up in 2009 by Gordon Brown - due to be published within 12 months - we are still waiting for answers. We have now been told Sir John Chilcot will not be reporting until after the General Election in May.

    This is completely unacceptable for two reasons.

    Firstly, the public, not just the million war protestors, and the thousands still affected by this terrible conflict have waited long enough. They need and deserve closure. They cannot move on if the decision to topple Baghdad is still shrouded in mystery.

    Secondly, by delaying publication the electorate will not be able to hold to account those who took the decision to go to war at the ballot box until 2020, the date of the next General Election.

    It means voters will have waited 17 years from the day British boots hit the ground in Iraq to be able to make a fully informed decision on the war, listening to all the evidence, and use it as a factor to decide who governs the country.

    This is a democratic deficit - we should not stand for it. It is why today (Wednesday) the Liberal Democrats launched a petition to call for the urgent publication of Sir John's report. It the very least the public expect.

    Whether it is the case or not, with every passing day there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being, as Nick Clegg has said, 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the inquiry.

    David Cameron, the Conservative Party and, of course, Labour all voted for the Iraq War; and they all condemned the Liberal Democrats for opposing the invasion.

    It is incomprehensible to the British public that such an important report should be delayed. The voters did not have a say on the decision to go to war in 2003. They must have their say now - 17 years is far too long.

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • Applications are now open for the Liberal Democrats Diversity Office's training weekend for young people from Black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

    The event, which is open to young people aged 18 to 25 who self identify as being from a Black, asian or other ethnic minority background will be held at our party HQ in Westminster on Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March.

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the rate of employment is at a record high of 30.8m.

    In the last three months employment rose by 37,000 and was up 512,000 on the year.

    For the first time since 2008 the unemployment rate has fallen below 6 per cent, falling 1.3 ​percentage points​ ​on the year to 5.8 per cent.

    Article / Jan 21, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has written to the Sir John Chilcot in regard to the progress of the Inquiry he chairs into the United Kingdom's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    In it he says: "if the findings are not published with a sense of immediacy, there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the Inquiry, whether that is the case or not."

    Article / Jan 20, 2015
  • Controversial PFI deals in hospitals signed by Labour will cost taxpayers £11.7bn repayments over the next parliament, Liberal Democrat research reveals.

    Treasury figures analysed by the Liberal Democrats show the last Government signed off at least 138 Private Finance Initiative projects in the sector with private firms during their time in office.

    Article / Jan 20, 2015
  • For too long, the subject of mental health has been ignored, marginalised, or left to the realm of social experiment or institutional stigma.

    Why does this matter? Well, just like physical health, we all have mental health.

    Mental health problems affect one in four people in any given year, and the numbers continue to rise. Mental health also costs the country £105bn a year in benefits, lost working days and tax receipts, and the cost of treatment.

    Article / Jan 20, 2015
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    Peter Mandelson has attacked Labour's mansion tax plans calling them crude and saying he instead prefers Liberal Democrat plans to introduce additional council tax bands.

    Lord Mandelson's comments prove yet again that Labour are all at sea when it comes to the nation's finances.

    Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign to introduce a mansion tax.

    Article / Jan 20, 2015