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Liberal Democrat News 23rd September 2011

September 26, 2011 2:28 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg launched the leadership programme that encourages members to put themselves forward as candidates.

The Lib Dem Leadership Programme, designed to support around 50 future Parliamentary candidates from under-represented backgrounds through training, mentoring, shadowing opportunities, was launched by Nick Clegg last Saturday.

Within the Programme, 50 per cent of the places will be reserved for women, and 20 per cent for those from BAME backgrounds, 10 per cent for those with disabilities and within the remaining 20 per cent, places are available for those who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates and those from lower income backgrounds.

Selection is based on competencies, references and an interview with the Programme Panel, with the process being run by the Diversity Unit at Liberal Democrat Headquarters. The first group of eight, Chris Lucas is one, has now been selected and the recruitment process continues.

"Increasing the diversity of our elected representatives is an absolute priority for me and the party," said Nick.
"To best represent Britain, we need to have candidates from all walks of life and all backgrounds."

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