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History of the Campaign for Gender Balance

The Campaign for Gender Balance (formerly the Gender Balance Task Force) is the group set up by the Party's Federal Executive committee (FE) to achieve the targets for women agreed by the Party at the Federal Conference held in Bournemouth in September 2001.

It brings together bodies within the party that influence selection and election procedures and works to improve the representation of women with a range of talent-spotting, training and mentoring schemes.

In 2013 we joined forces with Women Liberal Democrats to create a unified and stronger organisation - 'Liberal Democrat Women (LDW)'. In the past, Ros Gordon, Jo Swinson MP, Helen Bailey, Sandra Gidley MP, and Baroness Harris of Richmond have served as Chair, and Baroness Walmsley, Candy Piercy and Baroness Jane Bonham Carter as Vice Chairs.

Since 2010, the Campaign has been run day to day by the Diversity and Outreach Team based at Lib Dem HQ which is responsible for coordinating and promoting diversity initiatives across the Party. The unit was set up to deliver a programme of action around the country, working with regional representatives to widen participation and proactively engage with individuals and communities from a wide range of backgrounds.


Text of 2001 motion

Text of 2005 motion