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

  • Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today opened the BBSRC National Virology Centre, a state-of-the-art high-containment laboratory at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey.

    The pioneering £135m labs will enhance UK capability to prevent and control virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to people.

    Article / Oct 31, 2014
  • During her visit to Bangladesh, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote the following article on the issue of ending child marriage.

    Imagine your life if you were married at 15, against your will, to an abusive husband. It's the same for almost all the women you know. Your education came to an abrupt end once you were married, and you're not allowed to have a job - other than having babies, that is. And because you got married young, you're probably experiencing some sexual and reproductive health problems.

    Article / Oct 31, 2014
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    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has opened the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.

    The wind farm is located 20km of the Barrow-in-Furness coastline in North West England.

    West of Duddon Sands has 108 wind turbines and will be able to generate 389 MW of electricity, or put simply, enough to power more than 250,000 homes.

    Article / Oct 31, 2014
  • Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

    Article / Oct 31, 2014
  • The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

    Article / Oct 30, 2014
  • Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

    Article / Oct 29, 2014
  • The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.

    Article / Oct 29, 2014
  • Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

    The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.

    Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here.

    Article / Oct 29, 2014
  • Reacting to the news that the UK has fallen to 26th in the 'World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report', Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson said:

    "Today's report shows that we need to take further action to tackle the inequality that still exists between men and women. That is why Liberal Democrats would introduce laws requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap.

    Article / Oct 28, 2014
  • Mental health charity Mind has said that the amount of public budgets spent on mental health prevention is too low.

    In a report published by Mind today (October 28), figures reveal that £40m of council funds will go on mental health compared to £900m for physical health.

    Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb Tweeted:

    Article / Oct 28, 2014