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Welcome to Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality website

On this website you will find news and information about the Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality.

You can read our constitution, meet the committee and find out more about us.


Announcing the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality

Roderick LynchSaturday 9th June is the day when a new campaign to end racial disadvantage within the Party begins. It will replace Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats and operate as Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality.

This move has been inspired to some extent by the work done by Lord John Alderdice which states starkly that the Party has so far failed to properly ensure that it is representative of all the racial groups in our country. The new name demonstrates a new sense of purpose and direction and gives a clear indication that the organisation welcomes membership from everyone in the party who recognises that more needs to be done to enable the party to reflect the diversity of our communities at every level.

For those of us - and there are many in the party - who have spent decades campaigning against racism, it is shocking to comprehend that what we are still fighting to achieve, in the year 2018, is genuine equal opportunity and integration.

As the Alderdice Report points out, there is much to be done at every level in the party to make the organisation more inclusive and bring in a diverse new generation of activists. Tomorrow's leadership is created from today's new recruits and so we intend to create a positive plan to assist local parties in diverse areas to reach out to communities that are currently under-represented. We will be keen to talk to successful, integrated local parties to distil their experience.

The important and challenging factor identified by Alderdice is a change of culture. This has to be the responsibility of everyone in the Party, at every level. All -white local parties in constituencies with significant BAME communities cannot be acceptable. We need change and representation at every level. LDCRE will be campaigning and holding the leadership of the Party accountable, but we can only succeed with the commitment of all including Parliamentarians, regional officers and local party executives.

We need to look at the way the party recruits personnel and where they advertise. We must look at the party's communications machinery to see how closely they liaise with the minority ethnic media, in sending these important organisations every news release that is sent to the mainstream media but also targeted news.

The party must have a position on the major issues concerning race equality and diversity - think back to the seventies and eighties when many young progressives joined the Liberal Party because of the radical and oft-repeated stance taken by the leadership on racism and apartheid. We must regain that reputation.

And there's much to campaign on as a party, as racism - whether deliberate, institutional or inadvertent - is a factor everywhere you look. In education we should support the National Education Union conference's unanimous rejection of calls to ban the hijab in schools and demand that top universities drop their bias in favour of the expensively educated. In housing we should expose and campaign against discrimination in housing allocation and racist rental policies. In health we should be demanding proper representation of BAME professionals in health service management - a recent survey indicated that there are only five BAME chief executives across more than 300 NHS organisations.

In the private sector we should be demanding that all companies that have more than 50 in the workforce should be required to publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay band as well as gender. In making such a call the party would be reflecting a growing view as seen for example in the government-commissioned McGregor-Smith report on race in the workplace. Naturally the Conservative government decided not to act on that, so our party should lead the charge.

We have a great leader in Vince Cable and chief executive in Nick Harvey who both understand why building diversity in both the party and in our society is essential.
This revamped organisation looks forward to working closely with them and others in key positions across the Party to take this much needed challenging campaign forward with unstinting guidance from our LDCRE President Baroness Meral Ece, Equalities Spokesperson for the Party.

We are planning a new positive chapter fighting for race equality within the Liberal Democrats and as Liberal Democrats, if you share our aims, join our new organisation and come along to our AGM on Saturday 9th June at Lib Dem HQ at 11am and be part of this movement to shape the future direction of a truly representative Liberal Democrats Party.


Latest News from LDCRE

    Article: Apr 18, 2020
    By LDCRE

    LDCRE Press Release Saturday 18th April 2020


    The continuing failure to record the ethnicity of Covid-19 patients is risking the lives of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) frontline NHS workers and citizens across the UK, according to the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE).

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020
    By Dr. Mohsin Khan
    We all have a part to play to safeguard our friends and families.
    Lockdown seems to be helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - but we mustn't stop until the Government says so. What we, our relatives, our families and friends, do now holds everyone's health at stake.
    If we don't stay at home now, the lockdown could go on much longer - so everyone needs to keep following the Government's advice on staying at home.
    Work from home if you can. Don't go to work unless you are a key worker and you really cannot work from home. Don't leave the house except for once daily exercise near your home and to shop for essential items. Don't visit friends or family who don't live with you, and stay at least 6 feet away from other people while you're out. And make sure to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap, which kills the virus.
    This is important not just for you and your elderly or vulnerable relatives and friends - but for young and healthy people, who can also become seriously ill with the virus. The case of 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died from coronavirus at the end of March despite having no underlying health conditions, is a tragic reminder of this.
    There might also be increased risks for some ethnic minority groups. We just don't know yet.
    Almost a third of people who become critically ill with coronavirus are from a BAME background - over double the proportion of BAME people in the UK population.
    No one is sure why BAME people are more affected by coronavirus. There may be several factors including underlying conditions which are more common in BAME people, and higher levels of poverty.
    Whatever the reason, what we can ALL do is follow the Government's rules on handwashing and staying at home to slow the spread of the virus.
    Tell your friends and family: Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
    Dr Mohsin Khan is a mental health doctor and Vice-Chair of Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality. This post is not medical advice.
  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dave Hill in On London

    Cllr. Anton Georgiou who stormed to a tremendous victory at the January by-election in Alperton, one of the UK's most ethnically diverse council wards, has been quoted in an article from On London demanding that the government and his local Brent Council step up their support and efforts to house Britain's thousands of rough sleepers amid the current CoronaVirus outbreak.

  • Document: Feb 5, 2020
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    Annual General Meeting Agenda

    Date: 23 February 2020

    Time: 12:00 - 15:00

    Location: Lib Dem HQ, 8-10 Great George St, Westminster, SW1 3AE

  • Document: Feb 5, 2020
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    Nomination Information

    • Any Member of LDCRE may be nominated for election as an Officer or Ordinary Member of the Committee. Each nomination must be submitted to the Secretary or to another Officer nominated by the Committee, in advance of the AGM, or to the AGM, by two Members after obtaining the nominee's consent.
    • A Member may stand for election to more than one position on the Committee but may not be elected to more than one position unless the elections to all of these positions are uncontested and the AGM consents by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.
    • If there are any uncontested elections, the nominations for each uncontested election shall be subject to approval by a simple majority of those present and voting at the AGM, immediately after close of nominations for the relevant position;
    • If there are no contested elections, the election of all the approved candidates shall be declared during the AGM.

    Contested elections

    If there are any contested elections (where there are more candidates than vacancies):

    • the Committee shall appoint a Returning Officer, who shall not be a candidate in any of the contested elections, and who shall be responsible for the preparation and distribution of ballot papers, their receipt and counting on return and the declaration of the results;
    • the contested elections shall be decided by a secret ballot of all Members, using the Single Transferable Vote method;
    • each candidate for a contested election shall be invited by the Returning Officer to provide a statement in support of their candidacy;
    • ballot papers or links to an online voting facility, together with candidate statements, shall be circulated to all Members including any Members who cannot be reached electronically, between fourteen and twenty-one days after the date of the AGM;
    • the deadline for online voting or return of ballot papers shall be between fourteen and twenty-one days after circulation of voting materials;
    • within three days after the deadline for online voting or return of ballot papers, the Returning Officer shall conduct the count and declare the result for each election including any uncontested election
    • when the result of each election has been declared, the successful candidates shall have their nominations for any remaining elections declared void by the Returning Officer.

    Officer terms

    • The term of office of elected Officers and Ordinary Members shall start on the 1st January following their election; or immediately after the declaration of the election results by the Returning Officer, if the term of office of the previous Committee has already ended.
    • The term of office of Officers and Ordinary Members (whether elected or co-opted) shall run until 31st December, or until they are removed from or resign from the Committee, or until their membership of LDCRE ceases, whichever is earliest.

    President and Vice-Presidents

    The Committee may nominate an Honorary President or Honorary Co-Presidents, and up to two Vice-Presidents, to be approved individually on an annual basis at the AGM, by at least two thirds of those present and voting.

  • Isabelle Parasram at Conference
    Article: Mar 25, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram in Lib Dem Voice

    Meet our new Vice President

    By Isabelle Parasram, Mar 19, 2019 4:03

    Warning: use of a trigger word in this article

    A few days ago, I was surprised to receive an email with 'Vice President' in the subject title.

    'Why would the Vice President of the Party be writing to me?' I asked myself.

    Then I realised that the 'Vice President' WAS me…

  • Article: Mar 22, 2019
    By Caron Lindsay in Lib Dem Voice

    Barrister Isabelle Parasram has been elected by the Federal Board as the party's first Vice President.

    I was delighted by this result because I voted for her and encouraged others to do so as I had been really impressed by her clear vision for the role. She talked a lot of sense about how to change the party's culture. I've seen that her previous work, the report into dealing with complaints of sexual impropriety, has been thorough, clear and fair.