Yesterday the Alderdice Report on Race, Ethnic Minorities and the Culture of the Liberal Democrats was released.
Lord Alderdice said “Despite our clear liberal values, rejecting all forms of prejudice and inequality, the Party has failed to engage sufficiently with BAME communities”.
Diversity is vital to rebuilding our party, and a key pillar of any 650 Strategy.
Lord Alderdice makes some useful recommendations:
- “Start to read, think and talk with others about this issue and about what you can do.
- If any BaME person comes to a local meeting, make a point to go and talk to them: make them feel welcomed and develop a relationship with them.
- Is the range of events you hold sufficiently sensitive to the culture and beliefs of different communities – the ‘Lib Dem Pint’ isn’t very accessible for people who don’t drink, for example.
- Ensure that your local party group makes and implements a plan for engaging with race and ethnic minority communities in your area.
- Think about your local campaigning priorities and materials: do they address the interests and concerns of BAME communities in your area?
- If you want to bring in young people from communities, don’t expect older community leaders to be the most suitable magnets.
- Everyone has a contribution to make in engaging BAME communities and individuals at all levels.
- Study the options suggested in the report as a stimulus for you developing your own ideas for changing the culture of the Party.”
You can read the Lord Alderdice’s summary and full report here.