Landmark diversity change will make the Liberal Democrats look like the nation we want to represent
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats have embraced diversity today by voting in favour of all-women shortlists.
Building on earlier successes and designed to increase diversity amongst candidates and MPs, the motion was supported by Party Leader Tim Farron, and passed overwhelmingly at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in York.
In addition to introducing all-women shortlists, the motion ensures more spaces on constituency shortlists for BAME and LGBT+ members. It also means the Liberal Democrats will be the first political party in the country to implement all-disabled shortlists.
Party President Sal Brinton said:
"Over the last few months many party members have told us they think it is time we dealt comprehensively with the lack of diversity amongst our MPs, the wider party and parliament overall.
"We believe we are the first party to propose reserving spaces on the shortlists of winnable seats for under represented candidates including women, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.
"Despite providing support and training to these candidates over many years, the training on its own simply hasn't worked, and we need to remedy this, from the grassroots up."