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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

  • Article: Jan 20, 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.

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    Article: Jan 20, 2015

    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

    Liberal Democrats are delighted that The Sun newspaper will no longer feature topless models on Page 3.

    The decision to scrap the old fashioned sexism of Page 3 is long overdue and signals a change in how women are presented in the media.

    Liberal Democrats have heralded the Sun's new approach as a step in the right direction in ending the objectification of women.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    The Conservatives plan to strip people of their human rights and allow British judges to ignore rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), it has been reported today (Tuesday 20 January).

    Under their plans for a new bill which would replace the Human Rights Act, the Conservatives want to pick and choose who is entitled to human rights.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the supermarket watchdog - know as the Groceries Adjudicator - to do more to protect dairy farmers faced with low milk prices.

    Currently 4 pints of milk costs around 89p, more than a bottle of water, and that clearly shows the system isn't working in the best interest of dairy farmers.

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    Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Every region in England has pledged to bring an end to detaining people with mental health conditions in police cells.

    Authorities across England have committed to improving care for people with mental health issues and working towards ending the use of police cells under the Mental Health Act.

    The announcement from Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb comes as NHS England launches pilots in six areas to empower NHS 111 staff to deal with calls about mental health crises more effectively.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign to stamp out the mental health stigma Nick Clegg has said today.

    Speaking at a mental health conference he was hosting with Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb, Nick said:

    "Bit by bit, we are making progress: transforming people's attitudes and putting in place the reforms necessary to deliver long lasting improvements in our mental health services."

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling for all NHS trusts to commit to a new ambition for zero suicides in the health service.

    Nick is today (Monday 19 January) hosting a mental health conference with Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb. The event brings together leading doctors, policy makers and campaign groups to discuss the future of mental health services in England.