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 … Continue reading Alderdice Report released
I was sat in my grandmother's front room when the news broke that veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, the father of the house, had passed away. He had been Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton for over 40 years, and his hard work turned Gorton into one of the safest Labour seats in the … Continue reading Rusholme 2017: A by-election within a by-election
There's been quite a lot for Liberals to celebrate this week. On Wednesday Parliament voted in favour of Amendment 7 to the EU Withdrawal Bill, meaning that Parliament would have a say on the the future Brexit Deal. The government was defeated by just four votes! More relevant to LibDem Expand, perhaps, was a piece … Continue reading If Democrats can win in Alabama…
Today is UK National Mentoring Day. It's a day that recognises the value of mentoring - both for mentor and mentee. Speaking to my friends and colleagues - especially in the Young Liberals - I know that having a mentor in the party really makes a difference to young people's experience. But it's often down … Continue reading Mentoring within the party, and how local parties can support each other
When I last wrote for LibDem Expand I was eagerly anticipating the Women in the World Festival at the Southbank Centre. Other than listening to Jo Swinson speak, one of my favourite sessions at the festival was the Business Case for Diversity. I really enjoyed listening to how businesses like Bloomberg addressed diversity with their Gender … Continue reading 5 Steps Towards Real Community Engagement
Without the involvement of women, ‘a message for every voter’ cannot be achieved. Women account for over 50% of the vote, and if we as a party want to represent women’s voices we need to engage them and give them platforms to speak. International Women’s Day celebrates the political, social, economic, cultural and political achievement … Continue reading Engaging Women in the Liberal Democrats
Dipa Vaya writes for us on her experience as Watford Diversity Officer, and how simple tactics can help reach new voters. The LibDems are committed to building a party representative of all sections of society.