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About the Campaign for Gender Balance

The Campaign for Gender Balance exists to motivate and enable more women to stand for Parliament. Our female MPs - such as Lynne Featherstone, Jo Swinson, and Sarah Teather - are proof of just how much women can achieve. It's time we had more women in Parliament, because currently only 1 in every 5 MPs is a woman and just 1 in 7 Lib Dem MPs. We need more women to stand so that more women win, and make our democratic bodies more representative of society. Women bring different experiences to the job, and this is important to reflect within parliament.

The Campaign for Gender Balance is designed to help you develop the skills needed to be a successful candidate and an excellent MP through:

  • Regional 'Inspiration Days' for women who want to get more involved in the Party
  • Targeted training sessions on key skills
  • Mentoring for approval and selection as candidates
  • MP Shadowing Days
  • Annual 'Future Women MPs' residential training weekend

We're always looking for new women candidates, so if you think you may be interested in one day standing for election, or if you know someone who would make a great MP, please do get in touch.

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 "subscribe- genderbalance@lists.libdems.org.uk"

"I left school at 16, and had run my own business for over 20 years. My thinking is instinctive, not academic, and I had no idea what was required of me as far as the candidate forms were concerned. I contacted the Campaign for Gender Balance and help was forthcoming! …Many women put themselves down, and think of reasons why they are not capable, which is rubbish really. If you juggle home, work and family successfully, you are an extremely capable person - and think how much more sensible government would be if far more women were involved."

April Pond, PPC for 2008/9, Broadlands.

"The training at the Future Women MPs weekend definitely gave me the edge in being selected for a held seat. Any woman who wants to get selected should make sure they access the help, support and resources the Campaign for Gender Balance offers."

Terrye Teverson, PPC for Truro and Falmouth