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Liberal Democrat Leadership Programme

August 16, 2011 9:40 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Candidate Leadership Programme is designed specifically to identify, develop and support some of the best candidates from under-represented groups within the Party. It is open to talented, motivated individuals who can demonstrate the combination of passion, drive and commitment that it takes to win a Parliamentary seat in the next General Election.

There are reserved places for women, those from black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds, and for disabled people. Applications from other under-represented groups, including LGBT individuals and those from low socio-economic backgrounds are very welcome*

If you are interested in applying for the Leadership Programme, or you know someone who would like to participate, please contact leadershipprogramme@libdems.org.uk.

Applications will close on 30th September but we will be processing forms as they are returned, so please apply as soon as you are ready. It is anticipated that further applications will be invited in the future, and this will be widely advertised.

* Eligibility will be on the basis of self-definition within these categories.

'I believe that the Leadership Programme is an important step towards increasing the diversity of our Parliamentary Party. Having been a target seat candidate myself, I know that this level of support is invaluable when it comes to getting selected and elected. We are hoping to attract some of the best potential candidates and invest significantly in their personal and political development from now all the way to the General Election.'

Baroness Sal Brinton
Chair of the Liberal Democrat Diversity Engagement Group

'During my campaign to become Party President, I made it clear that our lack of women MPs, MPs from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and MPs with disabilities is completely unacceptable. I pledged to make diversity a key priority, and commit personal time and energy in this area of work. I asked Baroness Brinton to oversee a review of how we could increase the diversity of our Parliamentary candidates, giving those from under-represented groups the best possible opportunity to succeed. This Leadership Programme is a direct result of that process - I welcome it wholeheartedly, and encourage all eligible candidates to apply!'

Tim Farron
Party President

'The Leadership Programme is a fantastic initiative which will target the right support at the right people. I was proud to move the motion at Spring Conference in Sheffield which led to it's creation, and the support for this Programme from all parts of the Party was overwhelming - it's great to see it coming to fruition now!'

Baroness Kishwer Falkner
Federal Executive Member