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.
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.
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.
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.
Key organisations within the Party such as Liberal Democrat Women, Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats, and LGBT+ also play an important role in campaigning on specialist issues, media presence, and outreach with particular groups.
"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity."
Preamble to the Liberal Democrat Constitution. Read the full Constitution here.