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Liberal Democrat Ethnic Presence Programme

Providing Interns with Mentoring and Shadowing

The Liberal Democrats, and in particular The Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE) are proud to introduce our programme to provide Interns with Mentoring and Shadowing.

This has been developed to progress and guide the Liberal Democrat's future representatives in particular Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders. The programme is focussed on helping The Party
have a membership and representation that mirrors the diversity of our country.

The application process and is there a cost?

We have no limit to the number of individuals who can access our programme, but our preference is for dynamic individuals aged 17 years and older with a keen interest in the Liberal Democrat Party or individuals who are keen on making a real and positive difference to society but who currently have no party preference.

There is no cost to participate on the programme as The Liberal Democrats are keen to promote the benefits of BAME engagement in both civic and public life.

Travel and food costs will be reimbursed for the programme and payment will be made for the days that the person is on the programme. If you live outside of London, we would look to provide accommodation in the home of a person connected with the Liberal Democrats.

Acceptance on to the programme will be by completion of an application form followed by an interview if shortlisted.

Aims and objectives

1. To improve the representation of BAME communities within roles across the Liberal Democrat Party.

2. To give interns the opportunity to watch and understand the workings of the current political system across both national and local politics.

3. To develop the intern to give them the confidence to believe in themselves and to develop the skills they may need to to serve their community. This can be either by becoming an elected member, joining a public body or leading local groups.

4. To enable mentors to visit communities that they may not normally engage in and promote diversity.

5. To give a positive message to the UK's BME communities that the Liberal Democrats are positive about resolving the under representation and are promoting increased representation.

How to apply

This is a rolling programme and application forms can be obtained by contacting:

E-mail: mentoring@ldcre.org.uk

Tel: 07808 480 550

The Mentoring and Shadowing Programme

The programme will pair successful applicants with a Member from either a Liberal Democrat MP from the House of Commons, a Liberal Democrat Peer from the House of Lords or a Party Member with appropriate skills and contacts. Over the course of the programme, interns will experience life in both Westminster and in either their constituency or an alternative constituency.

Interns will cover such areas as:

  • The role of the House of Commons (Commons) and the House of Lords (Upper House)
    • How Parliament works including
    • The role of the Speaker
    • The role of Ministers and Shadow Ministers
    • Voting and the passing of laws
    • Attendance
    • MP's offices
    • Lobbying
    • Manifestos
    • Elections
  • MP's Constituency work
    • Surgeries
    • Public meetings
    • Outreach
    • Local Councils
    • How this differs from the House of Commons
    • Elections
  • The differences between the political parties

Interns will also develop their personal skills in the following areas to increase their confidence:

  • Political, civil and business knowledge
  • Communication - writing, listening, presentation
  • Community activity - participation, negotiating, and leadership

Person specification for applicants

  • Applicants must be 17 years or older. There is no upper age limit.
  • Must be enthusiastic about politics and helping their community
  • Must have an understanding of the main social and political issues facing BAME communities
  • Be able to commit a minimum of 10 days over a three month period to the programme
  • Demonstrate a commitment and ability to inform and inspire BAME
  • A willingness to learn and develop
  • Good timekeeping and a willingness to work flexibly
  • Provide references and complete a confidentiality agreement

What happens after the programme has finished?

By the end of the programme, participants will have the confidence, along with some of the knowledge and networking capacity to be more active within their chosen area of public life.

Depending on the participant's age, we would expect that some will put themselves forward for elected, public office and/or business boards and others will use it as the starting point of their political aims.

Participants will be able to become Community Ambassadors, informing and inspiring BAME communities and others to positively engage in civic and public society.

Join the Programme and help yourself and your community!