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

  • Three years on since Government's move to outlaw enforced retirement, more than 1 million over-65s are now choosing to stay in work.

    The figures were released today in a new Department of Work and Pensions analysis to mark International Older People's Day. There are now 1,103,000 workers aged 65 and over in work compared to 874,000 at the end of 2011 - an increase of 229,000.

    Article / Oct 1, 2014
  • Speaking at the conservative Conference, David Cameron announced plans to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500, something which the Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning on.

    Responding to this announcement and attempts to pass off this and other tax plans as Conservative ideas, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

    Article / Oct 1, 2014
  • Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Equalities Policy Working Group, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, looks forward to discussing their work at Conference:

    'In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.' So wrote Mary Wollstencraft in 1792. More recently, party members in the Twitterverse have become accustomed to the phrase 'check your privilege'. For Liberal Democrats our constitution is clear enough about the simple truths upon which we agree: "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community". As a result we challenge prejudice and entrenched privilege every step of the way and promote equality in a free society.

    Article / Oct 1, 2014
  • Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in British boardrooms.

    Through Lord Davies' report which Vince commissioned, Liberal Democrats in government have made progress in extending the diversity of our boardrooms, bringing us to a stage where there are now no all-male boardrooms left in the FTSE100.

    Article / Oct 1, 2014
  • Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

    Article / Sep 30, 2014
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    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

    Article / Sep 30, 2014
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

    Article / Sep 30, 2014
  • Congratulations to the Liberal Democrat team and newly elected councillor Kim Adams who took the Epping Hemnall seat from the Conservatives in yesterday's by-election.

    Liberal Democrats now hold every seat in the ward on Epping Forest District Council. It was a great win for Kim who took 43.3% of the vote.

    Article / Sep 26, 2014
  • Congratulations to Guildford Liberal Democrats who stormed to victory in last night's by-election.

    New Councillor Colin Cross gained the seat on Guildford Borough Council and overturned the Conservatives 55 per cent majority.

    Guildford Liberal Democrats now have a 330 vote majority. This is fantastic result for Colin and the team.

    Article / Sep 26, 2014
  • As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.

    Article / Sep 25, 2014