Candidate Diversity

Finding the best people to represent you

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.

Electing Diverse MPs

At Spring Conference 2016, Liberal Democrats voted to adopt a raft of measures from all-women shortlists in some seats, to setting up a Diversity Taskforce to investigate barriers to becoming a candidate for all under-represented groups. This important motion is a major step in ensuring that the candidates we put forward for General Elections will better reflect the communities we seek to represent.

Read more about the motion here.

Candidate Initiatives 

The Party also offers mentoring to support individuals who are in the process of becoming, or thinking of becoming, parliamentary candidates. It aims to assist applicants at various stages of the approvals and selection process, whether they need general information about the process, specific advice about their individual situation, or skills-based help in a particular area.

Additionally, the Party also runs a variety of Inspiration Days and training events designed to support and encourage potential Parliamentary candidates from under-represented groups who want to stand for the most competitive seats in the Party.

The Party also has several well-established associated organisations which work to promote and represent the interests of specific groups within the Party. These groups include: Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrats Disability Association, Liberal Democrats Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group (LGBT+), Liberal Youth and Women Liberal Democrats.

For more information about any of the candidate initiatives run by the Party please contact

Parliamentary Candidates Stats

Below you can find out more about the diversity of our candidates for the General Election in 2015. 

Parliamentary Candidates standing for 2015 General Election 

  • The total number of candidates currently selected: 631
  • Total number of selected women: 162 (26%)
  • Total number of selected candidates identifying as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME): 54 (9%)
  • Total number of selected candidates identifying as LGBT: 37 (6%)
  • Total number of selected candidate who identify as disabled: 33 (5%)

8 of the 11 candidates replacing retiring MPs in this cycle are from under-represented groups:

  • 6 are women
  • 1 is from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background
  • 1 identifies as LGBT


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