Candidate Diversity

We are committed to increasing diversity throughout the party, and encouraging those from a diverse range of backgrounds to represent the Liberal Democrats at all levels. Below you can find out more about the diversity of our candidates for the General Election in 2010 and the upcoming General Election in 2015.

Parliamentary Candidates who stood in 2010 General Election 

Figures valid as of March 2010. 

The total number of selected candidates standing in 2010 – 633

Total number of women – 133 (21%)

Total number of candidates identifying as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) – 43 (7%)

Total number of candidates who identify as disabled – 16 (3%)

The Party significantly improved the number of women standing in strong seats in 2010. Approximately a third of our most notionally winnable seats had women candidates, and half our retiring MPs were replaced with women candidates. 



Parliamentary Candidates standing for 2015 General Election 

Figures valid as of January 2014.

The total number of candidates currently selected - 105

Total number of selected women – 29 (28%)

Total number of selected candidates identifying as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) – 8 (8%)

Total number of selected candidates identifying as LGBT – 4 (4%)

Total number of selected candidate who identify as disabled – 1 (1%)

The Leadership Programme is an initiative to support and encourage a number of potential Parliamentary candidates from under-represented groups who want to stand for the most competitive seats in the Party.

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