Diversity and Inclusion

The Liberal Democrats believe in creating a fairer society - a society that is fairer for everyone, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other part of an individual's identity. Having an open, diverse and inclusive culture within the Party is a vital part of achieving this aim.

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Members and Staff

Our organisation welcomes and encourages diversity within our membership and staff. Our aim is that our membership will be truly representative of all sections of society and each member feels able to contribute and participate in whatever way they wish to. We are therefore committed to being inclusive in all aspects of the work that we do, whether that is formulating policy, organising Party conferences, providing support for candidates, or running local campaigns.

Candidates and Parliamentarians

We know that the Party needs to reflect the people that it represents, and that is why we are focused on improving the diversity of our MPs in Parliament. The Leadership Programme is a major initiative which provides long-term training, mentoring and intensive support for candidates from under-represented groups. Other successful initiatives, such as the Campaign for Gender Balance, also exist to promote balanced representation at all levels of the Party.

Communities and Regions

Liberal Democrats are local campaigners, and know the importance of connecting and engaging with all communities in their areas. Our MPs, councillors, and local parties often work alongside community representatives to address the issues which may affect them. A network of Regional Diversity Champions promote and facilitate outreach and support work across the region, and report back to the central Diversity Engagement Group.

To learn more about Regional Diversity Champions, click to download our one-page overview.

Party Organisations

There are a number of key organisations or groups within the Party that share or support a particular identity, interest, belief or cause, including groups for Women, Youth and Students, Ethnic Minorities, LGBT+ and many more.  These are called Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) or Associated Organisations (AOs). These bodies also play an important role in campaigning on specialist issues, media presence, and outreach with particular groups.

See the full list of SAOs.

See the full list of AOs.

Find Out More

To find out more about diversity in the party, please contact the Diversity and Outreach Team at diversity@libdems.org.uk.

Read our Constitution here.