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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: Apr 9, 2014

    The Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, has today outlined his proposals for a Mansion Tax. In a speech on tax this morning, Danny described some of the details of the Tax, which would apply on homes worth over £2 million.

    The Liberal Democrats first proposed our Mansion Tax in 2009 and have been pushing for it to be implemented in Government, against huge opposition from the Conservatives.

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    Article: Apr 8, 2014

    Ed Miliband's claim that he wants the "the biggest economic devolution of power to England's great towns and cities in a hundred years" is ludicrous, considering their track record.

    When in power, Labour's Government was incredibly centralised.

    In contrast, The Liberal Democrats are already devolving powers to the cities and regions through mechanisms that are boosting local economies. These mechanisms include City Deals, the Local Growth Deal and the Regional Growth Fund, which are benefitting businesses and families, as well as creating new jobs and apprenticeships.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2014

    From September this year, all children between the ages of five and seven will receive free school meals, regardless of family income.

    Despite strong opposition from Tory backbenchers, the Liberal Democrats have fought to deliver free lunches in schools which will improve the lives of many children, as well as saving families £437 a year. Many studies have found that nutritious meals at school improve pupils' health, behaviour, concentration and their overall wellbeing. It makes a real difference in the classrooms, and these findings have been backed by the Department of Education and the Department of Health.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    The Labour leadership has spent the last four years praying that the recovery would not materialise.

    For a long time they insisted that the Coalition's action to tackle the deficit would choke off growth. Wrong: the deficit has been eliminated by a third and growth is back.

    Then they claimed unemployment would rise by a million. Wrong: unemployment is coming down and we are seeing record numbers of people in work.

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    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, a member of a Nottingham-based crime gang who fled the UK to avoid prison has been returned to Britain to start a five-year jail sentence.

    Magdalena Ferkova was part of a crime group that stole large amounts of public money. She had flown vulnerable foreign nationals to the UK to act as 'benefit tourists', illegally claiming over a million pounds in tax credits and Child Benefit. After luring the individuals to the UK and forcing them to make applications, Ferkova sent the claimants home.

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    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    On Saturday, Nick Clegg spoke at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference about the Liberal Democrats' achievements and plans for the coming years.

    On the eve of the new tax year, Nick Clegg spoke about the £700 tax cut that over 24 million people received across the country at the weekend. He also spoke about the party's commitment to devolving new powers to Wales, including policy, youth justice and big energy projects.

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    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    The amount British taxpayers can earn before paying income tax is the highest starting threshold across the G7 countries, Treasury analysis released by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has revealed.

    The personal allowance has risen by over 50% since 2010, an increase five times larger than the increase in the income tax starting thresholds of any other G7 country.

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    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Manufacturers, ranging from large multi-nationals to small businesses, have given a clear message - Britain must remain part of the EU to ensure future growth.

    Manufacturing plays a large role in delivering a stronger economy, more jobs and rising living standards.

    According to the EEF's 'Europe - A Manifesto for Growth', Britain's manufacturers have set out a radical plan to reform the EU and help it focus on lifting Europe out of the economic difficulties. The proposals come just six weeks before the European elections in May and follow a positive business campaign to keep Britain at the heart of the EU.

  • Personal allowance - £700 tax cut promised, £800 delivered
    Article: Apr 6, 2014

    Today, 24 million people will receive a £700 tax cut compared to 2010. This will put £700 back in the pockets of the lowest earners.

    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the new income tax personal allowance kicks in, reaching £10,000. It means 24m working people are paying £700 less in income tax than they were under Labour; people on the minimum wage have had the amount they pay in income tax more than halved; and 2.7m of people in the lowest paid jobs will no longer pay any income tax at all.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2014

    Speaking at the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accused Labour and the Conservatives of being 'missing in action' on Europe. He also said that he would be taking his message around the country, in town halls, radio phone-ins and in any way he can; speaking directly to millions of voters about why we should be IN Europe - to protect British jobs, keep our streets safe, and maintain our standing in the world.