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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

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    Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Britain needs to build more than 200,000 new homes each year. We've all said it so many times before. Yet we are falling short of this target.

    That's why the Housing Finance Institute (HFI) is being launched. To help to get the money to build the homes we need. The aims of the HFI are to increase housing supply across all tenures; to unlock opportunities for the public sector and to help business to deliver and finance housing.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2015

    We're thrilled with our successful by-election result in Wallington South ward in Sutton. It feels good to be winning again, writes Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey.

    And in case you're thinking - hah! Sutton! Lib Dem held seat in Lib Dem run Council and in a Lib Dem MP's constituency - easy peasy! Well, you'd be wrong.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2015

    The Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dems have achieved a brilliant win in the Wallington South by election.

    Steve Cook, the new Lib Dem councillor, ran a fantastic campaign resulting in a 7% increase in our vote.

    Congratulations to the whole team!

  • Article: Jun 11, 2015

    Former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastbourne, David Bellotti sadly passed away yesterday morning after battling an illness.

    David was the surprise winner of a by-election in Eastbourne in 1990 and held the seat for two years. Notably, he was the first person to be elected as a Liberal Democrat MP after the party was formed by merger of the Liberal Party and the SDP.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Brian Paddick, has called for an overhaul of UK Drugs policy.

    He said that the Government's new Psychoactive Substances Bill "adds to the confusion and further undermines the credibility of UK drugs laws."

    His comments come during the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Lords. Lord Paddick has branded the Bill unfit for purpose with huge unintended consequences.

  • Norman Lamb and Tim Farron
    Article: Jun 3, 2015

    Nominations closed at 4pm on Wednesday for the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Former Health Minister Norman Lamb and former party President Tim Farron have put themselves forward.

    The next leader of the party will be announced on 16 July and will be voted for by party members.

    This comes as membership hits more than 61,000, with over 16,500 new members since polling day. All new members, who joined by 4pm today, are eligible to vote in the election.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    In a dedicated Commons session for Charles Kennedy today, Nick Clegg reflected on Charles' wisdom, humour and courage.

    Nick's speech is as follows:

    A few days ago I got in touch with Charles because I was looking for a telephone number of someone we both knew.

    His friends will not be surprised to learn that we were texting eachother. He was notoriously bad at answering his phone but famously fluent by SMS.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are leading the debate in Wales on human rights, by calling on the National Assembly to unite against plans by the Tory UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. This follows on from the protest held in London to protect the Human Rights Act, which saw a huge Lib Dem turn out.

  • Charles Kennedy 1959-2015
    Article: Jun 2, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.