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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: Mar 25, 2019
  • Article: Mar 25, 2019
  • Isabelle Parasram at Conference
    Article: Mar 25, 2019

    Meet our new Vice President, by Isabelle Parasram

    Isabelle Parasram elected Liberal Democrat Vice President, by Caron Lindsay

  • 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…

  • Page: Mar 23, 2019
  • 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.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2019
    By Secretary, LDCRE

    The next AGM is to be held on:

    Date:Saturday 16 February 2019

    Time: 4.00-6.00pm

    Venue: Liberal Democrat Headquarters, 8-10 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE.

    The AGM will be held to approve:
    - the wording for the Constitutional changes agreed in principle in June 2018: in Article 7.1 "Vice-chair" will be substituted by "one Vice-Chair who self-identifies as male or non-binary and one Vice-chair who self-identifies as female or non-binary";
    - the accounts for year ending 2017; and
    - election of new Officers and Executive members.

    LDCRE will be electing:
    Chair, 2 Vice-Chairs (with gender balance), Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary
    Up to 5 Ordinary Executive Member
    Honorary President and up to 2 Honorary Vice-Presidents.